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    MEDIA ADVISORY: MARSOC MARINE TO RECEIVE NAVY CROSS

    CAMP LEJEUNE, NC, UNITED STATES

    08.11.2021

    Story by Maj. Hector Infante 

    Marine Forces, Special Operations Command

    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – Staff Sgt. Nicholas J. Jones, a critical skills operator with 2d Marine Raider Battalion, Marine Forces Special Operations Command, will be awarded the Navy Cross for his heroic actions while deployed to Iraq on 8 March 2020.

    The award will be presented to Jones during a ceremony at the Marine Forces Special Operations Command headquarters aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, NC., August 26, at 3 p.m.

    Jones, a native of Olathe, KS, was an Element Leader accompanying Iraqi security forces in an operation to clear enemy positions in the mountains of Northern Iraq, when multiple barricaded enemies unleashed a heavy volume of fire on an adjacent element, immediately wounding an allied special operator and subsequently wounding two Marine Raiders.

    Jones seized the initiative and organized a counterattack. Under sustained, accurate enemy fire at close range, he maneuvered to a coalition casualty, suppressing the enemy 20 meters away with his rifle and grenades while helping to move the casualty to a covered position and subsequent medical evacuation. Turning his attention to two fallen teammates in a steep ravine, Jones again exposed himself to the enemy caves, firing his rifle and throwing grenades to drive the enemy back. With rounds impacting all around him, Jones continued to engage the enemy at close range until he was driven back by a heavy volume of accurate enemy fire. Nearly five hours into the firefight, he led a third and final attack on the enemy positions, again exposing himself to engage the enemy, before he was struck in the leg by enemy small arms fire. Refusing medical treatment and pain medication, he continued to fight until he was medically evacuated. By his decisive actions, bold initiative, and unconquerable spirit, Staff Sgt. Jones reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

    The Navy Cross is the second highest valor award, second to the Medal of Honor and must be approved by the Secretary of the Navy before being awarded. Jones will become the eight servicemember in MARSOC’s 15-year history to be awarded the Navy Cross as a result of his extraordinary heroic actions taken during Operation INHERENT RESOLVE.

    Media who wish to attend the ceremony must RSVP 72-hours prior to the event. All RSVPs will be coordinated with the MARSOC Public Affairs Officer, Maj. Hector Infante via email: hector.j.infante.mil@socom.mil. Media seeking additional information may also call: (910) 440-0770 or (910) 440-0772.

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    Date Taken: 08.11.2021
    Date Posted: 08.11.2021 14:58
    Story ID: 402862
    Location: CAMP LEJEUNE, NC, US 

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