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    Marine Raider awarded for valor in Afghanistan [Image 1 of 3]

    Marine Raider awarded for valor in Afghanistan



    Photo by Gunnery Sgt. Lynn Kinney 

    Marine Forces, Special Operations Command

    A Marine Raider was awarded the Silver Star Medal for heroic actions while deployed to Afghanistan in 2019, at a ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. July 10, 2020. The master sergeant and Critical Skills Operator, was serving as a Team Chief with 2nd Marine Raider Battalion in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel when his team was engaged by enemy combatants. According to the award citation, during a heliborne raid into difficult enemy-controlled terrain in Southern Afghanistan, he led his team of Marine Raiders and partner nation forces in four hours of close combat with more than a dozen Taliban fighters occupying defensive strongholds. The Team Chief exposed himself to enemy fire to lead an assault across 30 meters of open terrain, attacking Taliban fighters entrenched in a bunker with his rifle and hand grenades. While he and his team took accurate enemy fire, the Team Chief again exposed himself by climbing on top a building to employ a roof charge in order to recover a wounded Afghan soldier. With enemy fighters barricaded just a few feet away, he heroically pulled the wounded man to a covered position in a valiant attempt to save his life, while allowing his team to engage the barricaded fighters with fragmentation grenades.



    Date Taken: 07.10.2020
    Date Posted: 07.14.2020 08:24
    Photo ID: 6273062
    VIRIN: 200710-M-IR546-222
    Resolution: 1129x1321
    Size: 996.4 KB
    Location: CAMP LEJEUNE, NC, US 

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