Michael E. Bitz

Sergeant Michael E. Bitz, USMC

Silver Star (Awarded Posthumously) — For Actions During Operation Iraqi Freedom

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, … Read more »

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Jeremy L. Church

Private First Class Jeremy L. Church, U. S. Army
Silver Star awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror
Private First Class Jeremy L. Church, United States Army (Reserve), was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving with the 724th Transportation Company during combat operations in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM, in Iraq, on 9 April 2004. While on an emergency fuel mission to Baghdad International Airport, Private First Class Church’s convoy was ambushed by 200 members of Muqtada al Sadr’s militia. The Humvee that he was driving contained platoon leader First Lieutenant Matthew Brown, who was severely wounded. After saving Brown, he went back to the raging firefight to rescue those still pinned down. Under heavy fire, Church rendered aid to other wounded. Remaining behind, he killed several insurgents and had to be pulled out of the gun battle. Later helped the … Read more »

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Justin A. Wilson

Hospital Corpsman First Class Justin A. Wilson, U.S. Navy

Navy Cross awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Hospital Corpsman First Class Justin A. Wilson, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism while serving as Special Amphibious Reconnaissance Corpsman, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. On 28 September 2011 while on a mounted patrol, Petty Officer Wilson volunteered to accompany the team’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Technician to clear an improvised explosive device (IED) from an Afghan Local Police checkpoint. As the EOD Tech entered the checkpoint’s barriers to inspect the IED, there was a large explosion. Despite being disoriented by the dust and overpressure from the blast, and knowing the enemy’s tactic of emplacing multiple IEDs in Read more »

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Aaron M. Kenefick

GySgt. Aaron M. Kenefick, USMC

Bronze Star (Awarded Posthumously) – For Actions During the Global War on Terror

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V” (Posthumously) to Gunnery Sergeant Aaron M. Kenefick, United States Marine Corps, for heroic achievement in connection with combat operations against the enemy while serving as an Staff Non-commissioned Officer Advisor-Mentor, 1st Kandak, 2d Brigade, 201st Corps, Afghan National Army, Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, on 8 September 2009. Gunnery Sergeant Kenefick was a member of a combined Marine and Afghan patrol that led the way into Ganjgal village to visit with village elders. As the patrol entered the village it was ambushed. Gunnery Sergeant Kenefick took cover near a retaining wall and returned fire. When the team leader directed his Marines and the Afghan soldiers to attack and … Read more »

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Gianoulis Roussos

Captain Gianoulis Roussos, USMC

Silver Star awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror

 

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Captain Gianoulis Roussos, United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while serving as Third Platoon Commander, Company B, SECOND Reconnaissance Battalion, I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), In support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. On 7 March 2008, while conducting an Aero Scout zone reconnaissance mission in support of Operation GHADAF, Captain Roussos’ vehicle came under intense small arms and machinegun fire from five heavily armed insurgents. As Captain Roussos’ vehicle approached a disabled pick-up truck, three armed insurgents with AK-47 assault rifles exited the vehicle and immediately began to engage his vehicle with accurate and intense small arms fire. A fourth insurgent ran to the back of the truck and lifted up a blue tarp … Read more »

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