William E. Burch

Sergeant William E. Burch, USMC

Silver Star — For Actions During Operation Enduring Freedom

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Sergeant William E. Burch, United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as an Element Member, Marine Special Operations Company G, Special Operations Task Force 81, in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM on 6 April 2010. During a combat reconnaissance patrol, Sergeant Burch’s element came under heavy enemy contact from an insurgent-held compound. While attempting to assault the building, Sergeant Burch was wounded when an enemy rocket propelled grenade exploded within feet of him, lodging shrapnel into his left leg. After administering self aid, he continued to engage the enemy positions as well as direct Afghan National Army Commandos to sustain fire on the enemy positions. Sergeant Burch continued to clear compound … Read more »

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Barry F. Crawford, Jr.

Captain Barry F. Crawford, Jr. – USAF

Air Force Cross – For Actions During the Global War on Terror

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Title 10, Section 8742, U.S.C., awarded the Air Force Cross to Captain Barry F. Crawford, Jr., for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an armed enemy of the United States as Special Tactics Officer of the 21st Special Tactics Squadron, in action near Laghman Province, Afghanistan, on 4 May 2010. On that date, while attached to Army Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha and their Afghan partner force, Captain Crawford conducted a helicopter assault into Hendor Village. Upon landing, Captain Crawford received reports that multiple groups of armed enemy were maneuvering into prepared fighting positions in the high ground around the village. As the assault force initiated clearance operations, they began to receive a high volume of accurate machine gun and sniper … Read more »

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Aubrey L. McDade, Jr.

Sergeant Aubrey L. McDade, Jr., USMC

Navy Cross — For actions During Operation Iraqi Freedom

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Sergeant Aubrey L. McDade, Jr. for extraordinary heroism while serving as Machine Gun Squad Leader attached to 1st Platoon, Company B, First Battalion, Eighth Marines, Regimental Combat Team &, FIRST Marine Division, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 11 November 2004. Shortly after departing a platoon firm base and proceeding south toward Phase Line Grace, 1st Platoon entered an alley and encountered an immediate heavy volume of small arms and machine gun fire. In the opening seconds of the engagement, three Marines were seriously wounded as the well positioned and expecting enemy pinned others down. On contact, Sergeant McDade rushed from the rear of the platoon column toward the kill zone and immediately deployed a machine gun team … Read more »

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Patrick B. Quill

Hospital Corpsman Second Class Patrick B. Quill, USN

Silver Star — For Actions During the Global War on Terror

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Hospital Corpsman Second Class Patrick B. Quill, United States Navy, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy as Special Amphibious Reconnaissance Corpsman, Company B, First Marine Special Operations Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command, on 11 July 2010 in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. While Petty Officer Quill’s unit was conducting coalition operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, his element leader was mortally wounded by an improvised explosive device that was initiated by a complex ambush, killing an Afghan commando and wounding another. Hospital Corpsman Second Class Quill was pinned down in an exposed area by machine gun and mortar fire. But upon hearing the radio distress call from his element … Read more »

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Charles E. Wyckoff

Sergeant Charles E. Wyckoff, US Army

Distinguished Service Cross (Awarded Posthumously) — 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 act of July 25, 1963), takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Sergeant Charles E. Wyckoff, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action while serving with the 3d Platoon, Company C, 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3d Brigade Combat Team, 82d Airborne Division. On 6 June 2007, Sergeant Wyckoff distinguished himself as a Rifle Team Leader in combat operations during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. While engaged in close combat against determined enemy forces, Sergeant Wyckoff left his covered position without hesitation, to force the other members of his team to take cover. Sergeant Wyckoff revealed his position and fatally engaged two insurgents to save the lives of his … Read more »

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