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Summary Action: Corporal Name Withheld deployed as a Team Leader, Sniper Platoon, 3d Battalion, 1st Marines in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM II from 19 June 2004 to 11 January 2005. His technical and tactical knowledge of all facets of sniping far outpaced that of his peers. Corporal Name Withheld has truly mastered his military occupational specialty and serves as the example of a Marine Scout Sniper to be emulated. Although junior in rank, Corporal Name Withheld's input was sought out and highly influential in the planning and execution of countless reconnaissance and surveillance (R&S), counter-improvised explosive device (IED), counter-mortar, clandestine, and urban combat operations prior to the assault on the enemy stronghold City of Fallujah. Corporal Name Withheld was in receipt of IDP during this period.
As the Team Leader, Corporal Name Withheld excelled in his duties with minimal supervision. Corporal Name Withheld was consistently entrusted to plan, coordinate, execute, and supervise independent reconnaissance and surveillance, raid support, and precision fire operations. Often operating far from friendly lines in a hostile environment, Corporal Name Withheld's command of his Scout Sniper Team has instilled a high regard for their attention to detail and outstanding work ethic while executing assigned missions. As a testament to his success as a leader, Corporal Name Withheld has led his Scout Sniper Team on over 100 combat missions during this deployment without enemy compromise.
Corporal Name Withheld's performance during high intensity urban combat operations in support of Operation AL FAJR, the Battle for Fallujah, was heroic and exemplary:
On 9 November, the Battalion commenced offensive combat operations into the enemy stronghold City of Fallujah. Corporal Name Withheld and his two-man Scout Sniper Team were attached in support of 2d Platoon, Company I, as they cleared south through their assigned sector. Occupying a rooftop in order to provide overwatch and supportive precision fires, Corporal Name Withheld's team observed a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) team maneuvering 450 yards down an adjacent alleyway. The Scout Sniper Team also observed a M1A1 tank 200 yards down the same alleyway, but with its turret oriented away from the maneuvering RPG team. Corporal Name Withheld immediately engaged and eliminated two of the three enemy insurgents in the RPG team. Corporal Name Withheld's actions directly contributed to a weakened enemy and potentially prevented loss of friendly personnel and equipment.
Later that day, Corporal Name Withheld occupied an overwatch position from which he could support the Company with precision fires and achieve a commanding position from which to coordinate, direct, control, and adjust supporting indirect fires. As the Company reached Main Supply Route (MSR) Elizabeth, they were ambushed and pinned down by enemy RPG, sniper, and mortar fire. Despite being under direct RPG, and small arms fire, and proximity mortar fire, Corporal Name Withheld identified an enemy sniper firing from a mosque 450 meters from his position. With a skillfully placed shot to the head from his SR-25 sniper rifle, Corporal Name Withheld eliminated the sniper threat, directly contributing to the platoon's ability to medically evacuate casualties, reorganize, and continue its offensive clearing operations south.
On 10 November, Corporal Name Withheld positioned his two-man Scout Sniper Team to cover the exposed eastern flank of Company I as they pushed south through Fallujah. Occupying the roof of a building to establish an overwatch position for the advancing Company, they began to take heavy small arms fire, temporarily pinning down the Scout Sniper Team. As rounds impacted all around them, the two-man team returned fire. While the team's squad automatic weapon (SAW) gunner suppressed an insurgent firing at them with an RPK machine gun, Corporal Name Withheld skillfully eliminated another target firing an AK-47 rifle at them with a single, well-placed shot to the chest. With rounds from the RPK continuing to impact around their position, the two Marines repositioned themselves on the roof and coordinated suppression from the SAW, coupled with precision fires from Corporal Name Withheld's sniper rifle. Despite having a round ricochet off his helmet, Corporal Name Withheld, with great skill and presence of mind, eliminated the insurgent with a single, well-placed shot, effectively eliminating the threat to the two-man team and advancing Company I.
On 13 November, while supporting 2d Platoon, Company I, in its assault south through Fallujah, Corporal Name Withheld occupied a rooftop overwatch position to provide precision fires for each of the two squads moving through the block of houses on either side of his position. From his position, Corporal Name Withheld observed a five-man RPG team moving from a house and into a back alley, attempting to maneuver on the advancing platoon. Simultaneously, Corporal Name Withheld heard radio traffic from one of the squads stating that the area Corporal Name Withheld had just observed activity in was secure. Recognizing the situation's potential danger, Corporal Name Withheld contacted the platoon commander, reported the insurgent activity, and then tactically guided the squad to attack the house the insurgents had occupied while continuing to provide supporting overwatch. As a result of Corporal Name Withheld's presence of mind, six insurgents - two with RPG launchers - were eliminated. Corporal Name Withheld's actions undoubtedly prevented the platoon from bypassing the alley, which would have left the Company's rear exposed to RPG attacks.
While occupying an observation post forward of Company I's defense on 14 November, Corporal Name Withheld identified an insurgent rally point in the southwestern corner of Queens. Corporal Name Withheld maneuvered his Scout Sniper Team into a position from which they could engage the insurgents. At 550 yards, Corporal Name Withheld eliminated three of the four insurgents with well-placed shots to the head. Utilizing available indirect fire assets, Corporal Name Withheld directed and adjusted mortar fires onto the target, destroying the bunkered position and killing the fourth insurgent.
On 1 December, Company I was tasked with establishing a screenline along Phase Line Henry in southern Queens in order to identify and eliminate enemy insurgents attempting to infiltrate from 1st Battalion, 8th Marines' sector into Company I's sector. After two days of observation, Corporal Name Withheld and his team observed a friendly logistics train broken down along Phase Line Henry. After an hour of providing overwatch for the halted convoy, Corporal Name Withheld observed two armed insurgents attempting to maneuver into an ambush position to engage the Marines. After multiple attempts to contact the logistics train via radio and inform them of the situation, Corporal Name Withheld engaged and killed both insurgents, eliminating the threat. Corporal Name Withheld's initiative in the absence of specific direction undoubtedly prevented the enemy from inflicting casualties on friendly forces.
During the Battalion's final push south through Queens, Corporal Name Withheld observed five armed insurgents attempting to occupy a fighting position in a courtyard. With little more than inches available as a shooting lane, Corporal Name Withheld engaged and killed three of the five insurgents at a distance of more than 300 meters, as they ran past the narrow opening. Shortly thereafter, the platoon Corporal Name Withheld was supporting radioed him reporting that they had seen an insurgent run into a house and asked if he had positive observation. Carefully searching, Corporal Name Withheld was able to acquire the enemy through a three-inch crack in the wall. With one skillfully placed shot, Corporal Name Withheld eliminated the insurgent with a single round to the head. Later inspection revealed that the insurgent had barricaded himself inside the house and was preparing to fight any Marines entering the building to the death. Corporal Name Withheld's proficiency undoubtedly again prevented the enemy from inflicting casualties on friendly forces.
Although wounded early during combat operations, Corporal Name Withheld's enduring combat leadership, relentless offensive spirit, effectiveness under fire, and dedication to duty directly contributed 18 confirmed dead enemy combatants. He is extremely deserving and enthusiastically recommended for the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with combat "V".
The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.
HEROIC SERVICE WHILE SERVING AS SCOUT SNIPER TEAM LEADER, 3D BATTALION, 1ST MARINES, REGIMENTAL COMBAT TEAM 1, 1ST MARINE DIVISION IN SUPPORT OF OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM II FROM 19 JUNE 2004 TO 11 JANUARY 2005. DURING HIGH INTENSITY URBAN COMBAT OPERATIONS IN THE CITY OF FALLUJAH ON 10 NOVEMBER, CORPORAL Name Withheld POSITIONED HIS TWO-MAN SCOUT SNIPER TEAM TO COVER THE EASTERN FLANK OF INDIA COMPANY AS THEY ATTACKED SOUTH. OCCUPYING A ROOFTOP OVERWATCH POSITION FOR THE ADVANCING COMPANY, THEY BEGAN TO TAKE HEAVY SMALL ARMS FIRE. AS ROUNDS IMPACTED ALL AROUND THEM, THE TWO-MAN TEAM RETURNED FIRE. HE SKILLFULLY ELIMINATED AN INSURGENT FIRING AN AK-47 RIFLE AT THEM WITH A SINGLE, WELL-PLACED SHOT TO THE CHEST. WITH ROUNDS FROM AN RPK MACHINE GUN CONTINUING TO IMPACT AROUND THEIR POSITION, AND DESPITE HAVING A ROUND RICOCHET OFF HIS HELMET, CORPORAL Name Withheld, WITH GREAT SKILL, ELIMINATED THE MACHINE GUNNER WITH A SINGLE, WELL-PLACED SHOT, EFFECTIVELY ELIMINATING THE THREAT TO THE TWO-MAN TEAM AND HIS COMPANY. CORPORAL Name Withheld'S INITIATIVE, PERSEVERANCE, AND TOTAL DEDICATION TO DUTY REFLECTED CREDIT UPON HIM AND WERE IN KEEPING WITH THE HIGHEST TRADITIONS OF THE MARINE CORPS AND THE UNITED STATES NAVAL SERVICE.