In the Highest Tradition

Marine Awarded Silver Star For Heroic Actions in Afghanistan Sergeant Matthew S. Parker, USMC (Ret) received a Silver Star on March 18, 2016, at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. The Silver Star, the third-highest military combat decoration, was awarded to Parker for his bravery and composure...
Silver Star Awardee Says All Raiders Would Have Done the Same Thing Staff Sergeant Robert T. Van Hook, critical skills operator, 2d Marine Raider Battalion (MRB), Marine Raider Regiment, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, was awarded the Silver Star during a ceremony at Stone Bay...
50 Years Later: Crew Chief’s Valor Earns Upgrade to Award Forty-six years after responding to a call to extract numerous Marine casualties from an area overwhelmed by enemy forces in Quang Nam Province, Republic of Vietnam, Sergeant Kenneth A. Altazan was presented the Navy Cross by Lieutenant...
Sgt Rafael Peralta Awarded Navy Cross Sergeant Rafael Peralta’s mother, Rosa Peralta, accepted his Navy Cross from Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus during an emotional ceremony June 8 at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. Sgt Peralta posthumously was awarded the Navy Cross after sacrificing...
Corpsman Refused to Leave Fight; Saved His Marines’ Lives Hospital Corpsman First Class Kevin D. Baskin, a special amphibious reconnaissance corpsman with 3d Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Special Operations Regiment, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, was awarded the...
The Department of Defense announced in February that Operation Freedom’s Sentinel is a qualifying operation for award of the Afghanistan Campaign Medal. Additionally, the transition from Operation Enduring Freedom to Operation Freedom’s Sentinel also marks a new campaign phase, “Transition II,” for...
Sergeant Kills IED Expert, Risks All to Save Wounded Marine Sergeant Andrew C. Seif, 27, of Holland, Mich., will be awarded the Silver Star during a ceremony this month at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. He is a member of 2d Marine Special Operations Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special...
A Corpsman’s Courage: MARSOC “Doc” Awarded Navy Cross There is a long history of Navy corpsmen running to the sound of the guns to take care of their Marines, and Chief Hospital Corpsman Justin A. Wilson is the latest “doc” to join that illustrious group. While deployed to Afghanistan in 2011,...
“Bionic” MARSOC Marine Fulfills Vow, Stands Tall at Ceremony Leathernecks with 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, friends and family members gathered to witness Captain Derek Herrera receive the Bronze Star with combat “V” for heroism aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 21,...
Corpsman Rushes Into Kill Zone, Takes Wounded Marine to Safety The Commanding General, First Marine Division, Major General Lawrence D. Nicholson, presented the Silver Star to former Navy Hospital Corpsman Second Class Jonathan Kong at a ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., on...

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