Matthew P. Manoukian

Captain Matthew P. Manoukian, USMC
Navy Cross (Awarded Posthumously)- 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 pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Captain Matthew P. Manoukian, United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving as Team Leader, Marine Special Operations Team 8133, First Marine Special Operations Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. While conducting village stability operations in Helmand Province on 10 August 2012, the Marine Tactical Operations Center came under automatic small arms fire from a rogue Afghan uniformed policeman attacking from inside the perimeter. After mortally wounding one Marine outside the entrance, the gunman unleashed a barrage of AK-47 fire that ripped through the plywood walls and partitions of the Tactical Operations Center. He then burst through the … Read more »

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Matthew T. Abbate

Sergeant Matthew T. Abbate, USMC
Navy Cross (Awarded Posthumously), For actions during the Global War on Terror

 

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Sergeant Matthew T. Abbate, United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism as a Scout Sniper Section Leader, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, Regimental Combat Team 2, SECOND Marine Division (Forward), II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) Afghanistan, on 14 October 2010 in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. While conducting a dismounted patrol through Sangin’s northern green zone and supporting the patrol as part of a Quick Reaction Force team, the insurgents opened fire from several well-prepared positions. Unknowingly ambushed in a minefield, the patrol members were moving into cover when two Marines and the Corpsman struck explosives in rapid succession. With the patrol leader incapacitated and three severe casualties, Sergeant Abbate took charge of the situation and, … Read more »

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Jesse Adam Snow

SPC. Jesse Adam Snow, US Army
Silver Star (Awarded Posthumously) – 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 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Specialist Jesse Adam Snow, United States Army, for valorous achievement while serving as a Radio Telephone Operator for 3rd Platoon, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM X-XI. Specialist Jesse A. Snow demonstrated the highest standard of performance and valor on 14 November 2010, by safeguarding Sergeant Outman and other wounded soldiers until Specialist Snow himself was fatally wounded during an operation in the Watapur Valley, Afghanistan. His selfless actions and disregard for personal safety saved the lives of numerous soldiers, reflecting great credit upon him, the 1st Brigade Combat Team, … Read more »

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Delorean M. Sheridan

Technical Sergeant Delorean M. Sheridan, USAF
Silver Star — Awarded for Actions in the Global War on Terror

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918 (amended by an act of July 25, 1963), takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Technical Sergeant Delorean M. Sheridan, United States Air Force, for gallantry in connection with military operations against an armed enemy of the United States in Wardak Province, Afghanistan on 11 March 2013. On that date, while attached to a United States Special Forces Team, Sergeant Sheridan displayed extraordinary bravery and complete disregard for his own safety during a coordinated insider insurgent attack. Just prior to departing for a tactical ground movement, an Afghan National Police Officer engaged Sergeant Sheridan and his American and Afghan Special Forces teammates with a truck mounted machine gun from 25 feet away. Simultaneous to this … Read more »

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Michael E. Johnson

1st Lt. Michael E. Johnson, USMC
Bronze Star (Awarded Posthumously) — Awarded for actions in 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 First Lieutenant Michael E. Johnson, United States Marine Corps, for heroic achievement in connection with combat operations against the enemy while serving as an 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. First Lieutenant Johnson led a patrol accompanied by Afghan National Army partners into Ganjgal village to meet with village elders. As the patrol entered the village it was ambushed by enemy forces and subsequently pinned down by heavy automatic weapons and rocket fire. First Lieutenant Johnson boldly led his team in a hasty attack to seize a house from which they … Read more »

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