Medal of Honor Navy Cross & Silver Star Awards to U. S. Marines (And Attached Navy Corpsmen) In The Global War on Terrorism Compiled & Edited By



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Notes: Joshua Glover graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Class of 2001.

Gomez-Perez, Carlos

Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps

Company E, Battalion Landing Team, 2d Battalion, 1st Marines, RCT 1, 1st Marine Division

Date of Action: April 26, 2004

Citation:

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Carlos Gomez-Perez, Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Fire Team Leader, First Platoon, Echo Company, Second Battalion, First Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 1, FIRST Marine Division, U.S. Marine Corps, Central command in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 26 April 2004. While conducting security patrols in Al Fallujah, Iraq, Lance Corporal Gomez-Perez' platoon secured two buildings from which to observe enemy movement. At 1100, a numerically superior enemy force attacked the platoon with rocket-propelled grenades and machine gun fire from three directions. During the first 15 minutes of the attack, the enemy closed to within 20 meters of the platoon, wounding many Marines on the rooftop position. After ensuring wounded platoon members received medical treatment, Lance Corporal Gomez-Perez rushed to reinforce the critical rooftop position. After enemy fire wounded one of his comrades, Lance Corporal Gomez-Perez courageously exposed himself to enemy fire to move the Marine to safety and was wounded through the right shoulder and cheek during the process. Despite his injuries, he again exposed himself to enemy fire and continued to attack the enemy with grenades and by firing his rifle with his uninjured arm. Lance Corporal Gomez-Perez' fierce defense halted a determined enemy assault and enabled the evacuation of wounded Marines. By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and complete dedication to duty, Lance Corporal Gomez-Perez reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Born: at Mexico City, Mexico

Hometown: El Cajon, California

Gonzalez, Benjamin

Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps

Company F, 2d Battalion, 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division, I MEF

Date of Action: June 18, 2004



Citation:

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Benjamin Gonzalez, Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as an Automatic Rifleman, Company F, Second Battalion, First Marine Regiment, FIRST Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Central Command on 18 June 2004, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM II. Lance Corporal Gonzalez' fire team was manning an observation post at the Saqlawiyah Bridge on the northern outskirts of Al Fallujah, Iraq. His observation post secured a critical bridge for the Coalition Forces' main supply route. At approximately 1000, a motorcycle-borne insurgent sped by Lance Corporal Gonzalez' observation post and threw a hand grenade into his fighting hole. Unhesitatingly and with total disregard for his own personal safety, Lance Corporal Gonzalez threw himself on his fellow Marine, Private First Class Koczan, shielding him from the blast. When the grenade detonated, Lance Corporal Gonzalez absorbed the blast and sustained serious injuries to his lower body. Private First Class Koczan survived the blast unscathed due to Lance Corporal Gonzalez' heroic and selfless actions that may have saved the life of his fellow Marine and at the very least protected him from life threatening injuries. By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and complete dedication to duty, Lance Corporal Gonzalez reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Hometown: El Paso, Texas

Guardiola, Samuel

Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps

Weapons Company, 3d Battalion, 5th Marines, RCT 1, 1st Marine Division

Date of Action: December 23, 2004

Citation:

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Samuel Guardiola, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy as Section Leader, Mortar Platoon, Weapons Company, Third Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 1, FIRST Marine Division, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Central Command, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 23 December 2004. While searching for enemy weapons caches, Sergeant Guardiola's section was ambushed by insurgents occupying well-fortified positions. Realizing that they were trapped in the impact zone, he exposed himself to intense enemy fire in order to reorganize and consolidate his Marines. Upon discovering two of his Marines were isolated inside a building, he gathered an assault force to recover them. Sergeant Guardiola used the adjacent rooftop to access the building and reach the Marines inside, while constantly under small arms and grenade fire. Once inside, he found his fallen comrades and immediately planned their evacuation. As the enemy assaulted with a fragmentation grenade, he covered the Marines with his own body to shield them from the enemy grenade, which did not detonate. Despite intense enemy fire, Sergeant Guardiola carried one fallen Marine down three flights of stairs, clearing rooms along the way with his 9 millimeter pistol. Although exhausted and dehydrated, he continued to carry his comrade to the evacuation point. By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and complete dedication to duty. Sergeant Guardiola reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Haney, Timothy P.

Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps

Weapons Company, 2d Battalion, 8th Marines, Task Force Tarawa, I MEF

Date of Action: March 20 - April 3, 2003



Citation:

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Timothy P. Haney, Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Platoon Sergeant, Combined Anti-Armor Platoon, Weapons Company, Second Battalion, Eighth Marines, Task Force TARAWA, I Marine Expeditionary Force in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM from 20 March to 3 April 2003. Gunnery Sergeant Haney's leadership, personal sacrifice, and calming influence enabled his platoon to repeatedly engage and defeat enemy forces in close combat. From 23 to 26 March 2003, Gunnery Sergeant Haney participated in firefights with Iraqi Military and Paramilitary Forces in An Nasariya, Iraq, during which his personal example while under fire set the tone for the platoon's tactical success. During a direct fire engagement against a heavy machine gun, he dismounted his vehicle to gain awareness of the enemy's positions, exposed himself to enemy fire, and provided higher headquarters with vital situational awareness. On 26 March 2003, while the Battalion's Main Command Operations Center came under attack from two directions, Gunnery Sergeant Haney raced through intense fire to emplace Marines in defensive positions and orient their fires. After an explosion riddled Gunnery Sergeant Haney's body with 60 pieces of shrapnel, he ignored his wounds and continued to transport injured Marines to the Battalion Aid Station. He refused medical attention until everyone else had been treated. By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and complete dedication to duty, Gunnery Sergeant Haney reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Born: Clearfield, Pennsylvania

Hometown: Clearfield, Pennsylvania

Harrill, John D., III

Major, U.S. Marine Corps

Operations Officer, 2d Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Marine Division, I MEF

Date of Action: February - September, 2004



Citation:

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John D. Harrill, III, Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Operations Officer, Second Battalion, Fourth Marine Regiment, FIRST Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Central command, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM from February to September 2004. Major Harrill's leadership and heroism while under fire contributed materially to the battalions success in preventing the fall of Ar Ramadi, Iraq. Throughout enemy attacks and offensive operations, he calmly led the battalion command element and coordinated maneuver of the battalion's

combat units, while personally neutralizing enemy automatic weapon and rocket-propelled grenade fire, resulting in the enemy's defeat. During a major insurgent attack against coalition forces, Major Harrill led the forward command element into the aim point of the enemy attack. Despite constant enemy fire, he focused the combat power of six companies as they battled in eight separate locations over a seven-hour period. Major Harrill's superior tactical acumen enabled the complete destruction of assaulting enemy forces. By his bold leadership, courageous actions, and loyal devotion to duty, Major Harrill reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Hometown: Huntsville, Alabama

*Holder, Theodore S., II

Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps

Light Armored Reconnaissance Company, Battalion Landing Team 1/3, Regimental Combat Team 7, 1st Marine Division, I MEF

Date of Action: November 11, 2004



Citation:

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Theodore S. Holder, II, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Platoon Sergeant, Light Armored Reconnaissance Company, Battalion Landing Team 1/3, Regimental Combat Team 7, FIRST Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Central Command in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 11 November 2004. While conducting a movement to contact through the city of Al Fallujah, Iraq, Staff Sergeant Holder and his Light Armored Reconnaissance Company was ambushed from the front and right flank. A heavy volume of enemy small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fire hit the lead vehicle, severely wounding one of the scouts. With no way for the scouts to remount their vehicle without exposing themselves to a devastating wall of machine gun fire, Staff Sergeant Holder,

with complete disregard for his own safety, skillfully maneuvered his vehicle directly into the enemy's line of fire in order to protect them. Even as a burst of machine gun fire hit the turret wounding him, he continued to remain exposed and guide the fires of the gunner onto the enemy positions. As the enemy fire began to concentrate on the vehicle, he continued to fire an M-240G machine gun and control the fires of the vehicle's main gun. As the enemy fire continued to build, he was seriously wounded once again. Despite the severity of his wounds, he continued to man the machine gun and return fire upon the enemy, eventually succumbing to his fatal injuries. By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and complete dedication to duty, Staff Sergeant Holder reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Hometown: Littleton, Colorado

Horton, Nicholas J.

Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps

Company A, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, I MEF

Date of Action: April 10, 2003



Citation:

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Nicholas J. Horton, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Third Platoon Commander, Alpha Company, First Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 10 April 2003. While conducting a mission along Route 2 into the heart of downtown Baghdad, Second Lieutenant Horton's Battalion was attacked from both sides of the road. He directed suppressive fires while continuing towards the objective. As Alpha Company attacked through an enemy position it encountered a dead-end and began taking intense rocket-propelled grenades (RPG) and small arms fire. Second Lieutenant Horton directed his platoon to return fire, effectively suppressing the enemy. He subsequently took over navigation for the company and led them out of the kill zone. In a subsequent firefight, his track was hit causing casualties in the troop compartment and setting off the halon system. He quickly calmed the Marines and reoriented their fire to suppress the enemy. Continuing the advance, Third Platoon was tasked with clearing a Mosque. After establishing suppression and a mechanical breach into the complex, Second Lieutenant Horton assessed the situation and requested Second Platoon. Second Lieutenant Horton directed their actions, intermingling them with his own platoon in order to clear the multi-story complex. His assault led to the capture of 20 enemy prisoners of war, 14 RPGs, numerous machine guns and small arms. He executed the entire action inside the Mosque without physical on-scene guidance from the Company Commander. By his bold leadership, outstanding judgment, and complete dedication to duty, Second Lieutenant Horton reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Hometown: La Pine, Oregon

Hunter, Jeff

Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve)

Company L, 3d Battalion, 25th Marines, 2d Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward)

Date of Action: May 25 - July 28, 2005

Citation:

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jeff Hunter, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Squad Leader, 2d Platoon, Company L, Third Battalion, Twenty-Fifth Marines, Regimental Combat Team 2, SECOND Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM in Al Anbar Province, Iraq, from 25 May to 28 July 2005. During Operation NEW MARKET, Corporal Hunter's platoon was ambushed with small arms fire, seriously wounding one Marine. In his initial attempt to breach the house containing the insurgent ambush, Corporal Hunter's squad leader was severely wounded. On his own initiative and without regard for his safety, he immediately re-entered the house engaging four insurgents with his M16A4 rifle at a range of ten feet and pulled his squad leader to safety. Then acting as squad leader, he reorganized his Marines and led them into the insurgent position for the third time, ultimately securing the house with close range small arms fire and hand grenades which resulted in one enemy neutralized and three captured. Corporal Hunter's actions enabled his company to regain its momentum. On 28 July, after an enemy small arms and rocket propelled grenade fire attack on an adjacent squad, Corporal Hunter, on his own initiative, maneuvered his squad forward to assist. He shot two enemies and made two unsuccessful assaults in the face of enemy AK-47 fire to retrieve a wounded Marine. Corporal Hunter then ran across a fire-swept street to link up with a M1A1 tank, guided its fire, and directed it to breach the building. This action neutralized one insurgent and allowed the extraction of a mortally wounded Marine. By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and complete dedication to duty, Corporal Hunter reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Johnson, Alan F.

Master Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps

Company B, 3d Battalion, 4th Marines, RCT 7, 1st Marine Division, I MEF

Date of Action: March 21 - April 23, 2003

Citation:

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Alan F. Johnson, Master Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Tank Leader, Company B, Third Battalion, Fourth Marines, Regimental Combat Team 7, FIRST Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM from 21 March to 23 April 2003. Master Sergeant Johnson's calm demeanor and tactical expertise while under fire were crucial for the Company's success during six firefights. With the enemy delivering heavy small arms fire on both flanks of the Company at the Shaibah Airfield, Master Sergeant Johnson directed his gunner's fire by

engaging targets with his M-16A2 rifle. Subsequently, he identified a concealed Panhard anti-tank missile carrier and destroyed it with two hand grenades. Identifying a group of Iraqi soldiers who had wounded the Company Commander, he dismounted his vehicle and killed them at close range. He then led an infantry assault into a grove, killing numerous enemy soldiers with his rifle and hand grenades. By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and complete dedication to duty, Master Sergeant Johnson reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Hometown: Beeville, Texas

*Jordan, Phillip A.

Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps

Company C, 1st Battalion, 2d Marines, Task Force Tarawa, I MEF

Date of Action: March 23, 2003



Citation:

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Phillip A. Jordan, Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Weapons Platoon Sergeant, Company C, First Battalion, Second Marines, Task Force TARAWA, I Marine Expeditionary Force in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 23 March 2003. During the battle of An Nasiriyah, Iraq, gunnery Sergeant Jordan fearlessly directed lethal small arms fire to suppress an enemy equipped with rocket-propelled grenades. After crossing the Saddam Canal, and receiving heavy machine gun and mortar fire, he directed fire on an enemy mortar position. As the engagement continued, he adjusted accurate return mortar fire on the enemy while fearlessly encouraging his Marines in the face of tenacious enemy fire. Despite a withering barrage of enemy fire, Gunnery Sergeant Jordan moved across open terrain to re-supply vital mortar ammunition. Upon locating an entrenched enemy machine gun position raking the company's flank, he dashed across a fire-stricken road and directed devastating machine gun fire that destroyed the enemy's position. While a mortar crew displaced to cover the company flank, Gunnery Sergeant Jordan continuously carried ammunition 80 meters to and from this new position under enemy fire. After making three trips under a heavy bombardment of mortar and artillery fire, he fell mortally wounded. By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and complete dedication to duty, Gunnery Sergeant Jordan reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Hometown: Brazoria, Texas

Notes: While growing up in Texas, Phillip Jordan's mother was killed by a drunken driver when he was a toddler. His father died of heart failure when he was 13. Phillip Jordan joined the Marines when he was 27, following a battle with Hodgkin’s disease.
Kane, Kristopher D.

Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps

Company C, 1st Battalion, 3d Marines, RCT 7, 1st Marine Division, I MEF

Date of Action: November 10, 2004



Citation:

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Kristopher D. Kane, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Squad Automatic Weapon Gunner, Second Platoon, Company C, Battalion Landing Team, First Battalion, Third Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 7, FIRST Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Central, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 10 November 2004. During Operation AL FAJR, insurgent forces engaged a squad from Second Platoon as they moved up the stairs of a house. Responding to a call for assistance, Corporal Kane entered the building amidst a hail of enemy armor piercing rounds fired at him through the ceiling and dodged hand grenades that were tossed down the stairs. When he observed wounded Marines trapped in the enemy line of fire, Corporal Kane immediately positioned himself to provide covering fire for the Marines attempting to pull the wounded to safety all the while remaining dangerously exposed to the enemy's impact zone. He repeatedly thwarted insurgent attempts to fire their machine guns down the stairs at the fellow Marines with

accurate and deadly fire from his Squad Automatic Weapon. He held his ground, in the direct line of enemy fire, even as a D-9 armored bulldozer punched a hole in an adjacent wall and the building began collapsing around him. As the last of the wounded were being evacuated, portions of the building fell on top of him, crushing his leg. His heroic actions and selfless devotion inspired all who observed him and were instrumental in the evacuation of Marines needing urgent medical care, and in the destruction of an enemy stronghold. By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and complete dedication to duty, Corporal Kane reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Kerman, Robert P.

Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps

Weapons Company, 3d Battalion, 5th Marines, 1st Marine Division, I MEF

Date of Action: March 25, 2003

Citation:

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Robert P. Kerman, Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Rifleman, Combined Anti-Armor Platoon, Weapons Company, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, on 25 March 2003, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Lance Corporal Kerman exhibited exceptional bravery when the lead elements of the battalion were ambushed with mortars, rocket propelled grenade, and automatic weapons fire. As the vehicle he was traveling in drove directly into machine gun fire and into a trench line, Lance Corporal Kerman sprang from the vehicle and began assaulting down the enemy occupied trench with two other Marines. As enemy soldiers fired at him, he fearlessly plunged towards them firing his M-16 with lethal accuracy. Continuing to move through the trench he repeatedly came under enemy fire. Each time he would calmly occupy a steady firing position and take well-aimed shots that had devastating effects on the enemy. As the group ran out of ammunition, they pressed forward 200 to 300 meters utilizing captured enemy AK- 47s. Lance Corporal Kerman showed no regard for his own personal safety, and his actions directly contributed to the successful outcome of the engagement. By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and complete dedication to duty, Lance Corporal Kerman reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


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