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U.S. Marine Corps
Awards of the Silver Star

for 
Conspicuous Gallantry
in Action in the
Global War on Terrorism
(2001 - Present)

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 To All Who Shall See These Presents Greeting:
This is to Certify that
The President of the United States of America
Authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918
Has Awarded


THE SILVER STAR
TO

 

ACKERMAN, ELLIOT L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Elliot L. Ackerman, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Platoon Commander, First Platoon, Company A, First Battalion, Eighth Marines, Regimental Combat Team 7, FIRST Marine Division in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM II from 10 to 15 November 2004. During a ferocious enemy counter-attack in the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah, with complete disregard for his own safety, Second Lieutenant Ackerman twice exposed himself to vicious enemy fire as he pulled wounded Marines out of the open into shelter. When the amphibious tractors sent to evacuate his wounded men could not locate his position, he once again left the safety of his covered position and rushed through a gauntlet of deadly enemy fire to personally direct the amphibious tractors towards his wounded Marines. On 11 November as the battle continued, Second Lieutenant Ackerman recognized the exposed position of his Marines on the rooftops and ordered them to seek cover in the buildings below. Shortly afterwards, he personally assumed the uncovered rooftop position, prompting a hail of deadly fires from the enemy. With rounds impacting all around him, he coolly employed an M240G machine gun to mark targets for supporting tanks, with devastating effects on the enemy. Throughout the battle and despite his own painful shrapnel wounds, he simultaneously directed tank fires, coordinated four separate medical evacuations, and continually attacked with his platoon directly into the heart of the enemy with extreme tenacity. Second Lieutenant Ackerman's bold leadership, personal initiative, and total devotion to duty reflected great credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
Born: at Washington, D.C.
Home Town: Washington, D.C.
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart


ADAMETZ, THOMAS R.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Thomas R. Adametz, Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy as a Rifleman, Echo Company, Second Battalion, First Marines, FIRST Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Central Command in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 26 April 2004. Following the seizure of two key buildings along a vital avenue of approach into the company's sector, Lance Corporal Adametz and his squad moved into the northern most building and provided security for his platoon's position. The enemy's fierce attack of rocket-propelled and hand-thrown grenades onto his platoon's position resulted in four serious and numerous minor casualties. With disregard for his own safety, Lance Corporal Adametz exposed himself to grenade and small arms fire in order to provide suppressive fire facilitating the evacuation of the wounded Marines. Picking up a squad automatic weapon from a wounded Marine, he delivered withering fire on enemy forces 25 meters away. Lance Corporal Adametz' aggressive actions and devastating fire were critical in repelling the enemy's attack. By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and complete dedication to duty, Lance Corporal Adametz reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Clinton, Iowa


ADAMS, JARRED L.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jarred L. Adams, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Assistant Team Leader, Scout Sniper Platoon, First Battalion, Seventh 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 6 January 2005. In downtown Husaybah, Iraq, Corporal Adams' patrol came under intense enemy fire causing the lead vehicle to crash. He exited the vehicle and began returning fire as fellow Marines attempted to dislodge the vehicle from the wall. After freeing the vehicle and retrograding back to Camp Gannon, the patrol realized one of the vehicles was separated and needed to be located. Re-entering the kill zone again, his vehicle suffered a direct hit from a rocket-propelled grenade, causing the vehicle to erupt into flames. Corporal Adams exited the vehicle and began to fire on enemy positions. Suffering from multiple shrapnel wounds and burns, he began returning fire on enemy positions while trying to communicate with the Command Post. Realizing that the turret gunner was still inside the burning vehicle, he jumped back inside the burning wreckage, subjecting himself to the imminent threat of exploding friendly munitions from within the vehicle and enemy fire, refusing to depart the area before retrieving the fallen Marine. Freeing the gunner from the turret, and suffering from multiple wounds, he carried the gunner across the intersection under enemy fire while the remaining Marines provided suppressive fire on the enemy threat. By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and complete dedication to duty, Corporal Adams reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Born: at Palmer, Alaska
Home Town: Wasilla, Alaska
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart


ATRIAN, MARIO
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Mario Atrian, Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Machine Gunner, Weapons Company, Third Battalion, Seventh Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 7, FIRST Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Central Command in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM II on 9 April 2004. Reinforcing a friendly unit caught in an enemy ambush, Lance Corporal Atrian demonstrated extraordinary heroism under fire when a numerically superior enemy force ambushed his unit from multiple positions. After radioing a warning to his unit, he laid down suppressive fire on multiple enemy positions with his machine gun. The enemy responded with a fusillade of rocket-propelled grenade and machine gun fire. Despite being hit in the left arm, Lance Corporal Atrian continued to provide fire with deadly accuracy on the flank of the enemy position. He received another volley of rocket-propelled grenade and machine gun fire, wounding him in the right arm and killing his driver. While bleeding profusely from both arms, Lance Corporal Atrian valiantly suppressed the enemy while the remainder of his section's vehicles bounded through the enemy's successive kill zones. He relinquished his position to receive medical attention only after the enemy ambush had been broken and his fellow wounded Marines had been treated. By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and complete dedication to duty, Lance Corporal Atrian reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: El Sereno, California
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart


*AUSTIN, AARON C. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Aaron C. Austin, Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy as Machine Gun Team Leader, Company E, Second Battalion, First Marines, Regimental Combat Team 1, FIRST Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, U.S. Marine Forces Central Command in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM II on 26 April 2004. At 1100 on 26 April, a numerically superior enemy force attacked Lance Corporal Austin's platoon from three different directions. In the first 15 minutes of the attack, the enemy fired dozens of rocket-propelled grenades, thousands of machine gun rounds, and then assaulted to within 20 meters of Lance Corporal Austin's position. While throwing grenades and spraying their positions with AK-47 fire, 16 of his fellow Marines on the rooftop position were wounded, some severely. After ensuring his wounded platoon members received medical treatment, he rallied the few remaining members of his platoon and rushed to the critical rooftop defensive position. Braving withering enemy machine gun and rocket-propelled grenade fire, he reached the rooftop and prepared to throw a hand grenade. As he moved into a position from which to throw his grenade, enemy machine gun fire struck Lance Corporal Austin multiple times in the chest. Undaunted by his injuries and with heroic effort, Lance Corporal Austin threw his grenade, which exploded amidst the enemy, halting their furious attack. By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and complete dedication to duty, Lance Corporal Austin reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Sun Ray, Texas
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart


BAPTISTA, LEANDRO F.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Leandro F. Baptista, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy as a Team Leader in Second Platoon, Company B, First Reconnaissance Battalion, FIRST Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Central Command in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom on 7 April 2004. In the Al Anbar Province, Iraq, 60 enemy combatants in fortified positions ambushed Sergeant Baptista's 25-man reconnaissance platoon, wounding six Marines and disabling two vehicles. When the attack commenced, Sergeant Baptista immediately dismounted his vehicle and led his team to flank the enemy positions. Avoiding enemy fire, Sergeant Baptista sprinted across a shallow canal, climbed a 10-foot berm, and charged towards the enemy. Drawing fire from enemy machine guns, he silenced one emplacement and then continued to press the enemy by hastily forming a three-man assault team. With disregard for his own safety, he advanced over another berm under heavy enemy fire. He disarmed an improvised explosive device, and without hesitation, charged forward uncovering 11 enemy combatants. He ferociously attacked the surprised enemy, single-handedly eliminating four insurgents at close range while directing the fire of three Marines against the remaining seven enemy insurgents. While under fire from different enemy positions, Sergeant Baptista provided cover for his team to withdraw safely. By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and complete dedication to duty, Sergeant Baptista reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Miami, Florida


*BITZ, MICHAEL E. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Michael E. Bitz, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Crew Chief and Assistant Section Leader, Third Assault Amphibian Vehicle Section, Company C, First Battalion, Second Marines, Task Force TARAWA, FIRST Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 23 March 2003. During the attack on An Nasiriyah, Iraq, Sergeant Bitz's vehicle sustained a direct hit from a rocket-propelled grenade, setting it on fire. Aware that there were several casualties on board, he maneuvered his vehicle to the company's defensive perimeter. He immediately assisted in moving the wounded to the casualty collection point. Without an amphibious assault vehicle to command and under unrelenting enemy small-arms and artillery fire, he picked up his rifle and joined a squad of the Third Platoon in a deliberate assault. His efforts substantially aided the platoon and, after the squad sustained several casualties, Sergeant Bitz ignored his own wounds and helped in loading the others onto an evacuation vehicle. Despite receiving unrelenting fire, Sergeant Bitz mounted a different vehicle to provide security for the casualties. While escorting the wounded during movement, Sergeant Bitz was mortally wounded by enemy fire when his vehicle sustained a direct hit from a rocket-propelled grenade. By his outstanding display of decisive leadership, unlimited courage in the face of heavy enemy fire, and utmost devotion to duty, Sergeant Bitz reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest tradition of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Born: at Wishek, North Dakota
Home Town: Ventura, California
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart


BOADA, STEPHEN J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Stephen J. Boada, First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Forward Observer and Forward Air Controller, Company K, Third Battalion, Third Marines, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Central Command in support of Combined Joint Task Force-76 and Operation ENDURING FREEDOM from 5 to 9 May 2005. While operating near Shatagal Village, First Lieutenant Boada's platoon received intelligence that Al Qaeda and Associate Movement fighters were setting up an ambush position from which to attack the platoon upon their departure from Shatagal. Despite the barrage of intense enemy fire, he calmly directed the tactical employment of the unit and directed fires from an A-10 aircraft onto enemy positions. During the ensuing firefight, First Lieutenant Boada and members of his squad were wounded. Ignoring his injuries, he continued to fearlessly lead his Marines as they fought off a tenacious enemy while other members of the unit extracted their fallen comrades. As the platoon maneuvered over five kilometers of arduous mountain terrain with the injured Marines, First Lieutenant Boada called for and directed AC-130 aircraft to cover the unit's movement. This action resulted in the destruction of the besieging enemy. Without question, First Lieutenant Boada's tactical acumen in directing these aircraft saved many lives in the platoon as the enemy's ambush positions controlled the high ground through the terrain in which the platoon was conducting its retrograde. By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and complete dedication to duty, First Lieutenant Boada reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Born: at Bristol, Connecticut
Home Town: Bristol, Connecticut
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart


*BOHR, JEFFREY E., JR. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Jeffrey E. Bohr, Jr., Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Company Gunnery Sergeant, Company A, First Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 5, FIRST Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 10 April 2003. With his company assigned the dangerous mission of seizing a presidential palace in Baghdad and concerned that logistical re-supply might be slow in reaching his comrades once they reached the objective, Gunnery Sergeant Bohr selflessly volunteered to move in his two soft- skinned vehicles with the company's main armored convoy. While moving through narrow streets toward the objective, the convoy took intense small arms and rocket propelled grenade fire. Throughout this movement, Gunnery Sergeant Bohr delivered accurate, effective fires on the enemy while encouraging his Marines and supplying critical information to his company commander. When the lead vehicles of the convoy reached a dead end and were subjected to enemy fire, Gunnery Sergeant Bohr continued to boldly engage the enemy while calmly maneuvering his Marines to safety. Upon learning of a wounded Marine in a forward vehicle, Gunnery Sergeant Bohr immediately coordinated medical treatment and evacuation. Moving to the position of the injured Marine, Gunnery Sergeant Bohr continued to lay down a high volume of suppressive fire, while simultaneously guiding the medical evacuation vehicle, until he was mortally wounded by enemy fire. By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and complete dedication to duty, Gunnery Sergeant Bohr reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Born: at Ossian, Iowa
Home Town: San Clemente, California
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart


BOOKER, JAMES E.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to James E. Booker, Sergeant Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Sergeant Major, 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. Sergeant Major Booker courageously exposed himself to enemy fire while leading Marines and eliminating enemy forces in several battalion engagements. On 31 March 2004 the forward command element came under intense machine gun and rocket-propelled grenade fire. With utter disregard for his own safety, Sergeant Major Booker dismounted the vehicle, engaged the enemy and forced their withdrawal. He pursued his attackers down several darkened city streets and mortally wounded a rocket-propelled grenade gunner who was engaging the Command Group. Sergeant Major Booker subsequently led a search that resulted in the arrest and capture of an eight-man cell and several weapons. On 10 April 2004, the forward command element came under fire from insurgents during cordon and search operations. He calmly led a team of Marines in a counterattack, personally clearing several buildings, eliminating one insurgent fighter, and facilitating the evacuation of a severely wounded Marine. Sergeant Major Booker's efforts enabled the forward command element to regain freedom of maneuver and inspired Marines to fearlessly engage the enemy. By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and loyal dedication to duty, Sergeant Major Booker reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service..
Home Town: Fort Wayne, Indiana


BRONZI, CHRISTOPHER J.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Christopher J. Bronzi, Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy as Commanding Officer, Golf Company, Second Battalion, Fourth Marines, FIRST Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Central in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM II on 6 and 7 April 2004. During heavy fighting in southern Ar Ramadi, Iraq, Captain Bronzi repeatedly exposed himself to intense small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fire while personally destroying several enemy fighting positions. His heroic actions led to the elimination of 250 insurgents during the two-day period. His selflessness and bravery inspired his Marines to engage and destroy an enemy focused on the destruction of coalition forces in the capital city of the Al Anbar province. During a period of extremely heavy fighting on 6 April, Captain Bronzi led a fire team of Marines into the middle of a fire swept street in order to recover the body of a fallen comrade. On 7 April, Captain Bronzi and Third squad, Fourth platoon were surrounded and forced to take cover in a nearby building. Isolated and outnumbered, Captain Bronzi moved to the roof in order to best position himself to command and control the Marines of Golf Company, and while under heavy enemy fire coordinated a link-up of his Second and Fourth Platoons. He then led the embattled squad to the designated rendezvous point and eventually to the safety of the company fire base, eradicating the enemy in the process. By his zealous initiative, courageous actions, and exceptional dedication to duty, Captain Bronzi reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Poughquag, New York


*BURGER, DALE ALLEN, JR. (KIA)
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Dale Allen Burger, Jr., Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Squad Leader, Company I, Third Battalion, First Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 1, FIRST Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM II from 9 to 14 November 2004. During an intense firefight, Corporal Burger's squad leader was knocked unconscious and suffered a concussion from a rocket-propelled grenade. Realizing the platoon's attack was losing momentum, Corporal Burger immediately assumed the squad leader's responsibilities and quickly directed his fire teams to establish positions in nearby buildings. Displaying heroic leadership and tactical proficiency, he personally led a team to a rooftop and neutralized several enemy sniper positions with accurate fire, enabling the Platoon to regain critical momentum. Despite withering enemy fire and with total disregard for his personal safety, Corporal Burger employed his M-203 grenade launcher and two AT-4 rockets, eliminating enemy insurgents operating in adjacent buildings. Leading the squad in an assault against a large group of insurgents occupying a building, he was seriously wounded and evacuated. Disregarding his wounds, he volunteered to return to the Platoon three days later. During an ensuing firefight, Corporal Burger encountered three severely wounded Marines inside a house where numerous insurgents were barricaded behind fortified positions. Again disregarding his own safety, and under heavy enemy fire, he charged into the house to recover his fellow Marines. While valiantly returning fire and calling for the wounded Marines, he received enemy fire and fell mortally wounded. By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and complete dedication to duty, Corporal Burger reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Bel Air, Maryland
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart


CAMP, MARK A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Mark A. Camp, Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Automatic Rifleman, First 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 from 8 to 11 May 2005. During an assault in New Ubaydi, Iraq, an enemy ambush seriously wounded four members of Lance Corporal Camp's squad and trapped two of them in a courtyard. Leaving his covered position, he engaged the enemy at point-blank range with his M-249 machine gun, thereby allowing one injured Marine to be pulled to cover. Lance Corporal Camp then joined a Marine in a frontal assault of the ambush site, forcing two insurgents from the rear of the house and into friendly fire, and permitting the recovery of the injured Marine. As the assault to clear the house continued, armor-piercing rounds were fired from a hidden bunker beneath the floorboards, mortally wounding another Marine. Lance Corporal Camp refused to leave the building without the fallen Marine, and twice braved intense machine gun fire while attempting to recover the fallen Marine's remains. On 11 May, an improvised explosive device destroyed Lance Corporal Camp's amphibious assault vehicle, killing or wounding all 17 Marines trapped inside the vehicle, only to be thrown out of the vehicle from a secondary explosion. Receiving additional shrapnel wounds, yet undeterred, Lance Corporal Camp returned to the burning vehicle and pulled a Marine to safety. By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and complete dedication to duty, Lance Corporal Camp reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Westbrook, Maine
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart


CARDENAS, MOSES
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Moses Cardenas, Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Scout, Headquarters and Service Company, First Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 2, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), on 2 August 2007, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM 06-08. While conducting a combat patrol, Lance Corporal Cardenas' platoon was attacked by heavy automatic fire, a suicide bomber, and rocket propelled grenades after stopping two suspicious trucks. During the initial stage of the fight, a Marine fell wounded in the open between the opposing forces. Realizing that the bulk of friendly weapons were masked, Lance Corporal Cardenas left his safe position behind a vehicle and fought his way across 50 meters of fire-swept, open desert against five armed insurgents to rescue the fallen Marine. After sustaining a gunshot wound to the neck that knocked him to the ground, Lance Corporal Cardenas tenaciously rose to his feel, calmly reloaded his squad automatic weapon, and continued his assault until he reached the wounded Marine. With rounds impacting around him, Lance Corporal Cardenas alternated between pulling the wounded Marine and shooting bursts of controlled automatic fire at the enemy. After pulling the wounded Marine 100 meters, he continued suppressive fire while rendering first aid until medical personnel arrived to tend to the wounds of both Marines. Throughout this close and fierce fight, he ignored his own severe wounds, remained fixed on his task, and saved the life of a fellow Marine. By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and complete dedication to duty, Lance Corporal Cardenas reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Born: at Fullerton, California
Home Town: Fullerton, California
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart


CASSADY, CHAD
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Chad Cassady, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Scout Sniper Team Leader, Company L, Third Battalion, FIRST Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Central, in Al Fallujah, Iraq, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 9 November 2004. Sergeant Cassady demonstrated extraordinary leadership, undaunted bravery, and tactical expertise in the execution of his duties. During the multiple engagements, he consistently displayed courage under fire through his rapid decision-making and confident actions. Under sustained, heavy, and highly accurate enemy direct and indirect fire he repeatedly exposed himself to save the lives of several wounded Marines who were trapped in the open, pulling them to safety despite his own multiple, serious wounds. Sergeant Cassady refused to accept medical aid until all other wounded Marines were treated. Throughout the intense urban combat, his judgment and tactical proficiency were unrivaled. His presence of mind and physical courage while under fire were inspiring and undoubtedly saved lives. By his bold leadership, resolute determination, and complete dedication to duty, Sergeant Cassady reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Salado, Texas


CILLESSEN, BRIAN G.
Synopsis:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Army Award) to Brian G. Cillessen, Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with Operational Detachment Alpha 143 (ODA-143), Combined Joint Task Force PHOENIX, Office of Military Cooperation, Afghanistan, while embedded with the 2d Company, First Battalion, 3d Brigade of the Afghan National Army Commandos. On 23 April 2005, Captain Cillessen and three other U.S. service members were ambushed and with their Afghan troops, engaged in a four-hour-long firefight which severely wounded three Afghan soldiers. Captain Cillessen while under fire, put a tourniquet on an Afghan sergeant's leg in an attempt to save his life.
Born: at Aztec, New Mexico
Home Town: Aztec, New Mexico


COGAN, THOMAS E., IV
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Thomas E. Cogan, IV, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Platoon Commander, Third Platoon, Company E, Second Battalion, Fourth Marines, FIRST Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Central Command in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM II from 6 to 10 April 2004. Second Lieutenant Cogan's initiative, valor, and forceful leadership while under fire from fortified positions was instrumental in accomplishing the Company's mission. On 6 April 2004, Second Platoon was ambushed by enemy forces while moving to reinforce a heavily engaged unit. With total disregard for his own personal safety, Second Lieutenant Cogan led his platoon across a fire-swept field and directed fire, which destroyed insurgent strongholds. On 10 April 2004, while conducting a sweep of suspected insurgent houses, his platoon and the company command element came under withering enemy fire. Though caught in the crossfire, he exposed himself to direct fire in order to cross an open field and position himself to direct fires on the enemy. His actions enabled the company command element to move to safety. After consolidating his platoon, Second Lieutenant Cogan led his men through a fierce, three- hour, house-to-house assault that destroyed remaining enemy forces in his zone of action. Second Lieutenant Cogan's bold leadership, total effectiveness, and unyielding devotion to duty reflected great credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Born: at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Home Town: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


CONNORS, TIMOTHY
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Timothy Connors, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Third Squad Leader, Second Platoon, Company A, First Battalion, Eighth 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 from 10 to 15 November 2004. As Second Platoon came under heavy enemy fire from concealed positions on three sides, Corporal Connors effectively directed the fire of the squad as the platoon attempted to move into surrounding buildings for cover. When the squad entered a building for cover, the first Marine in the door was mortally wounded by several enemies who were defending a heavily fortified machine gun position. Corporal Connors and his fellow non-commissioned officers re-entered the building only to be forced back by a tenacious enemy. He directed the use of improvised explosive devices and a shoulder-launched multi-purpose assault weapon to create a secondary breach and eliminate the enemy position. When it was evident the improvised explosive devices and rocket failed to penetrate the enemy stronghold, Corporal Connors led a group of non-commissioned officers of Second Platoon into the enemy stronghold. Under intense enemy machine gun fire and without regard to his own personal safety, Corporal Connors eliminated the enemy with hand grenades and deadly accurate small arms fire at close proximity. By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and complete dedication to duty, Corporal Connors reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Braintree, Massachusetts


DESGROSSEILLIERS, TODD S.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Todd S. Desgrosseilliers, Major, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Officer-in-Charge, Task Force BRUNO, Third Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 1, FIRST Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Central Command, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM II from 12 to 23 December 2004. On 12 December, Major Desgrosseilliers was leading Task Force BRUNO in clearing operations when several Marines became trapped inside a building by intense enemy fire. During the engagement, an enemy grenade landed in the midst of the Marines. With complete disregard for his own safety, Major Desgrosseilliers shielded them from the explosion with his own body. Ignoring shrapnel wounds, he rallied his Marines and directed grenade, heavy machine gun and tank fire to destroy the 15 insurgents in the house. On 23 December, Task Force BRUNO came under heavy enemy fire while conducting operations in hostile territory. Throughout the firefight, he personally cleared several rooms and eliminated insurgents with rifle and grenade fire. When one of the Marines was seriously wounded he exposed himself to direct enemy fire and helped drag him to safety. Despite being wounded again with shrapnel during the firefight, he remained in the open to direct a devastating volume of tank main gunfire until the enemy was destroyed. In this engagement, 30 insurgents were killed including key terrorist leadership. By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and complete dedication to duty, Major Desgrosseilliers reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Maine
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart


DIEDE, BRYAN D.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Bryan D. Diede, Second Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Pathfinder Platoon Commander, Weapons Company, First Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, FIRST Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM II on 8 April 2004. Second Lieutenant Diede led a patrol of three Light Armored Vehicles tasked with conducting curfew enforcement in Al Bu Hardan, Iraq. As the patrol approached the local police station, the trail vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device followed by an ambush of rocket-propelled grenade, machine gun, and small arms fire. The initial barrage killed the gunner of the lead vehicle and rendered it immobile. Second Lieutenant Diede maneuvered his vehicle to a position that allowed enfilading fires on the enemy and reduced the stricken vehicle's vulnerability to further assault. Immediately, his vehicle became the center of the enemy's attention and was engulfed in rocket-propelled grenade and small arms fire resulting in Second Lieutenant Diede sustaining wounds to his hand and face. Ignoring his wounds, he coordinated his platoon's defense and engaged the enemy with M-240 machine gun until it jammed. He then retrieved his M-4 carbine and continued to return fire from his turret until the enemy fled. Only after consolidating his forces and directing security of the site, did Second Lieutenant Diede allow his wounds to be treated. By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and complete dedication to duty, Second Lieutenant Diede reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Bismarck, North Dakota
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart


DOLLARD, IAN
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Ian Dollard, Lance Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Fire Team Leader, Company F, Second Battalion, Seventh Marines, Regimental Combat Team 6, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM 06-08. On 24 June 2007, while investigating a vehicle near Saqlawiyah, Lance Corporal Dollard's squad was ambushed by precision small arms and machine gun fire. He immediately returned suppressive fire, allowing the other squad members to move to the aid of a Marine wounded in the attack. As the enemy withdrew from its position, the squad came under an attack by automatic weapons fire from a second position, inflicting two gunshot wounds on his platoon commander. Without regard for his own safety and still under enemy fire, he maneuvered across open ground to his Lieutenant's aid. Within seconds of reaching him, he shielded his Lieutenant's body from direct exposure and was struck twice in his upper torso body armor. Though dazed, he initiated medical care for his commander. As rounds continued to impact around him, he dragged his platoon commander 25 meters to cover to continue first aid. Seconds later, Lance Corporal Dollard was struck in the leg by small arms fire. Refusing medical care, he directed his team's efforts towards stabilizing the platoon commander. As support arrived, he climbed into a vehicle whereupon his squad moved to the forward aid station. Upon arrival, he assisted the aid and litter teams with the other casualties before being treated for his own wounds. By his bold leadership, courage under fire, and complete dedication to duty, Lance Corporal Dollard reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Pleasant, California
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart


DORAN, JASON K.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jason K. Doran, Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Company Operations Chief, Weapons Company, First Battalion, Second Marines, Regimental Combat Team 2, Task Force TARAWA, I Marine Expeditionary Force while deployed to Iraq in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 23 March 2003. During the battle of An Nasiriya, Gunnery Sergeant Doran demonstrated extraordinary valor as he led a rescue team to locate and recover isolated Marines. In order to safely transport Marines who were stranded, he commandeered four additional vehicles. Under constant small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fire, he navigated the convoy and directed combined anti-armor team vehicle's suppressive fires on the enemy. After the stranded Marines were rescued and the convoy was returning to safety, Gunnery Sergeant Doran realized a combined anti-armor team vehicle had been left behind. With total disregard for his own safety, he returned to the last known position of the vehicle and found its crew heavily engaged with the enemy. His vehicle's direct fire halted the enemy attack and allowed the combined anti-armor team vehicle to safely proceed out of the city. By his outstanding display of decisive leadership, courage in the face of heavy enemy fire, and utmost devotion to duty, Gunnery Sergeant Doran reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Dallas, Texas


DUNFEE, DAVID R.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to David R. Dunfee, Chief Warrant Officer, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Battalion Gunner with the First Battalion, Second Marines, Regimental Combat Team 2, Task Force TARAWA, I Marine Expeditionary Force in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM from 23 to 25 March 2003. On 23 March during the assault on enemy defenses in An Nasiriyah, Chief Warrant Officer Dunfee dismounted and moved to an exposed position while under enemy fire in order to determine the composition and disposition of the enemy. He provided the Battalion Command an accurate assessment of the enemy action, recommendations on how to employ organic fires, and he directed fires against enemy positions. As a result, nine enemy T-62 Maine Battle Tanks were destroyed. On 25 March, while the battalion conducted a Forward Passage of Lines, the moving battalion mistakenly engaged a friendly unit with direct fire. From his location, he sprinted over open terrain to a position between the two units, and using voice, hand, and arm signals, he was successful in ceasing all fires. By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and complete dedication to duty, Chief Warrant Officer Dunfee reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Born: at West Virginia Home Town: Florida


EVERS, CHARLES M.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Charles M. Evers, Staff Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Platoon Commander, 3d Platoon, India Company, 3d Battalion, 5th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 5, I Marine Expeditionary Force Forward, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM from 8 June to 12 June 2006. During this period, Staff Sergeant Evers' beleaguered platoon was attacked by a determined platoon-sized enemy force closing in from three separate directions, attempting to dislodge them from their observation post, and due to his personal example and decisive combat leadership, each attack was decidedly defeated. Staff Sergeant Evers, with complete disregard for his own safety, continuously braved intense enemy machine gun and small arms fire in order to provide an accurate assessment and better direct his platoon's fires. The positions the Marines had deliberately prepared under Staff Sergeant Evers' watchful eye withstood rocket propelled grenade detonations and thousands of enemy machine gun rounds. The enemy's detonation of a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device did not deter the fighting spirit that Staff Sergeant Evers instilled in his Marines, and they executed their well-rehearsed battle drill to gain fire superiority over the enemy insurgents. His expert use of supporting arms to include close air support and tank main gun broke the back of the tenacious attackers. Staff Sergeant Evers' resolute, decisive action, and refusal to submit to the enemy's will embodies the ethos of a combat leader and ensured the platoon's position would be held. By his bold initiative, undaunted courage, and complete dedication to duty, Staff Sergeant Evers reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Born: at Lewiston, Idaho
Home Town: Lewiston, Idaho


*GANNON, RICHARD J., IV (KIA)
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Richard J. Gannon, IV, Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Commanding Officer, Company L, Third Battalion, Seventh Marines, 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 17 April 2004. While Captain Gannon was leading his company to reinforce a besieged sniper observation post, his unit came under intense rocket-propelled grenade, medium machine gun, and small arms fire. His combined anti-armor team countered this attack with a destructive direct assault employing heavy machine gun fire and guided missiles. While Company L assaulted a fortified position, housing an enemy squad-size force, Captain Gannon employed rockets, heavy machine guns, and snipers to support the maneuver of his platoons. The assault section leader was struck by enemy fire and fell mortally wounded during this engagement. While the section leader was evacuated from the street into the cover of a compound courtyard, Captain Gannon continued to press the attack, steadily moving forward to assist the wounded Marine. Maneuvering through the enemy fire, with complete disregard for his own safety, he entered the courtyard to search for the wounded Marine. Upon entering a house, he exchanged small arms fire and grenades with nine Mujahadeen fighters and fell mortally wounded. By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and complete dedication to duty, Captain Gannon reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Born: at Escondido, California
Home Town: Allentown, Pennsylvania
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart


GLOVER, JOSHUA L.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Joshua L. Glover, First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Quick Reaction Force Platoon Commander, First Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment, FIRST Marine Division, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Central Command in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 13 April 2004. First Lieutenant Glover's platoon executed a mechanical recovery of a downed CH-53 helicopter southeast of Al Fallujah, Iraq. After successfully securing the aircraft's classified material, the platoon was attacked by an enemy platoon-sized element employing machine gun, small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fire. Despite coordinated enemy fire, First Lieutenant Glover skillfully maneuvered his force and assaulted through the ambush to friendly lines while inflicting numerous enemy casualties. That evening, he was tasked to recover a destroyed Assault Amphibious Vehicle and rescue a besieged rifle platoon deep behind enemy lines. While en route, he led an engagement against a company-sized force along the enemy's main line of resistance. First Lieutenant Glover repeatedly exposed himself to enemy fire as he engaged enemy targets at point-blank range while directing the rifle platoon's relief and coordinating recovery operations. By his courageous actions, personal initiative, and loyal devotion to duty, First Lieutenant Glover reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Born: at Dallas, Texas
Home Town: Dallas, Texas


GOMEZ-PEREZ, CARLOS
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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
Home Town: El Cajon, California


GONZALEZ, BENJAMIN
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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.
Home Town: El Paso, Texas
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart


GUARDIOLA, SAMUEL
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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.
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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: at Clearfield, Pennsylvania
Home Town: Clearfield, Pennsylvania
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart


HARRILL, JOHN D., III
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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.
Home Town: Huntsville, Alabama


*HOLDER, THEODORE S., II (KIA)
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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.
Home Town: Littleton, Colorado
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart


HORTON, NICHOLAS J.
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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.
Home Town: La Pine, Oregon


HUNTER, JEFF
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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.
Home Town: Albuquerque, New Mexico


JOHNSON, ALAN F.
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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.
Home Town: Beeville, Texas


*JORDAN, PHILLIP A. (KIA)
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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.
Home Town: Brazoria, Texas
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart


KANE, KRISTOPHER D.
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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.
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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.
Born: at Klamath Falls, Oregon
Home Town: Klamath Falls, Oregon


*KIRK, JEFFREY L. (KIA)
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The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Silver Star Medal (Posthumously) to Jeffrey L. Kirk, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as First Squad Leader, Third Platoon, Company K, Third Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 1, FIRST Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Central, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 10 November 2004. While Sergeant Kirk and his squad gained entry into a building, insurgents threw a grenade from a room containing a hardened machine gun position. Sergeant Kirk quickly organized and led Marines from multiple squads across an open courtyard to eliminate the threat. Effective enemy small arms fire forced him and the other Marines to withdraw to a covered position while returning fire with grenades and small arms. Unfazed, Sergeant Kirk re-grouped his men behind cover and attacked the building a second time. Although wounded as he approached the position, he continued to attack by throwing a grenade into the room and then eliminating the enemy machine gunner with a rifle. Enemy fire and grenades again erupted from the same room. Sergeant Kirk and the Marines withdrew once more, throwing grenades in their wake. Refusing medical attention, he remained as the point man and led the Marines in for a third assault on the enemy position. He quickly overwhelmed and destroyed the remaining insurgents, clearing the building to the roof. His extraordinary actions in the face of great danger destroyed a key defensive position and prevented the enemy from inflicting serious casualties on other Marines. By his outstanding display of decisive leadership, unlimited courage in the face of heavy enemy fire, and utmost devotion to duty, Sergeant Kirk reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Personal Awards: Silver Star (War on Terrorism), Purple Heart


LEE, JEFFREY T.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jeffrey T. Lee, First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps (Reserve), for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy as Third Platoon Commander, Company A, Second Tank Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 7, FIRST Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Central Command in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM II from 8 to 11 November 2004. Second Lieutenant Lee's aggressive leadership and bold decisions provided the catalyst for the Regiment's success during two major firefights. While attached to Company C, he destroyed numerous enemy, allowing the infantry company to take their objective. Operating for more than 12 hours and desperately low on fuel, he accepted great tactical risk and continued to destroy the enemy. This decision led to the successful taking of the Battalion's objective. While attached to Company A, Task Force 1/8, he led an attack south. While eliminating numerous insurgents all around him, he was shot through his right arm. Refusing medical attention, he continued to fight the enemy and help Company A achieve success. In spite of his gunshot wound, he pushed the assault two more city blocks to reach the battalion phase line. At this time, the tank was critically exposed in a courtyard while the infantry developed positions in the buildings. He continued to eliminate insurgents who attacked the tenuous infantry position. His aggressiveness and bravery broke the enemy's will, and were critical to the success of the Company as it attacked into the heart of the enemy defenses. By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and complete dedication to duty, Second Lieutenant Lee reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Born: at Pacolet Mills, South Carolina
Home Town: Pacolet Mills, South Carolina


LILLEY, JASON M.
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The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jason M. Lilley, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy as a Rifleman, Second Platoon, Company B, First Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Central Command, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM II on 7 April 2004. In the Al Anbar Province, Iraq, 60 enemy personnel in fortified positions ambushed Corporal Lilley's 25-man reconnaissance platoon instantly wounding six Marines and disabling two vehicles. When his team executed immediate action to flank the enemy machine gun positions, Corporal Lilley dismounted his vehicle and, while under intense enemy machine gun and small arms fire charged forward across a shallow canal and up to a berm. After disposing two well-armed insurgents attempting to flee for cover, he was ordered to go back over the berm and support the withdrawal of another team. With disregard for his own safety and under withering enemy fire, he assaulted and single-handedly neutralized three more insurgents at point-blank range. The vigorous assault of his hastily-formed three-man assault team accounted for the destruction of enemy forces, and saved the lives of six fellow Marines. By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and complete dedication to duty, Corporal Lilley reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
Home Town: Wichita, Kansas


LOPEZ, MATTHEW A.
Citation:
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Matthew A. Lopez, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Commanding Officer, Third Battalion, Seventh Marines, Regimental Combat Team 7, I Marine Expeditionary Force, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Central command, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM II from 14 April to 18 April 2004. While conducting a civil affairs patrol of police stations in the Al Qaim area, Lieutenant Colonel Lopez' patrol was ambushed by approximately 30 insurgents. Enemy fire tore into his vehicle, striking him in the back and wounding the translator. Disregarding his personal injuries, he returned fire, eliminating several insurgents while directing the maneuver of the patrol's soft-skinned vehicles out of the impact zone. Despite the chaos of the situation, Lieutenant Colonel Lopez remained utterly calm, executing an aerial medical evacuation of a critically wounded Marine. He fearlessly led the pursuit of enemy fighters in the area, destroying 16 insurgents. After receiving treatment for the bullet wound, he refused evacuation. On 17 April 2004, demonstrating extraordinary combat endurance and command presence, Lieutenant Colonel Lopez led a 48-hour urban assault to destroy an estimated 300 insurgents in the city. His brilliant action resulted in more than 120 insurgents confirmed killed, destroying whole insurgent cells and groups, numerous foreign fighters, and the enemy's will to fight. Throughout the battle, he placed himself with lead platoons, assaulting insurgent fortified positions in house-to-house assaults and employing mortars and rotary wing close air support. By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and complete dedication to duty, Lieutenant Colonel Lopez reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
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