Mark L. Donald

Lieutenant Mark L. Donald, U.S. Navy

Navy Cross Awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror

 

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Lieutenant Mark L. Donald, United States Navy, for extraordinary heroism as Medical Officer assigned to a Joint Operational Unit conducting combat operations against Al Qaida and Taliban enemy forces in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, in October 2003. Lieutenant Donald was part of a multi-vehicle mounted patrol ambushed by extremely heavy fire from rocket-propelled grenades and small arms. When two rocket-propelled grenades exploded immediately in front of his vehicle, Lieutenant Donald exited the vehicle and began returning fire. While under heavy and continuous machine gun fire he pulled the wounded Afghan commander to relative safety behind the vehicle’s engine block. He left his position, completely exposing himself to the small arms fire, and pulled a wounded American Read more »

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Jared Christopher Monti

Sergeant First Class Jared C. Monti, U.S. Army

Medal of Honor Awarded (Posthumously) for actions during the Global War on Terror

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Medal of Honor (Posthumously) to Sergeant First Class [then Staff Sergeant] Jared C. Monti, United States Army, for gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a team leader with Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 3d Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 3d Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, in connection with combat operations against an enemy in Nuristan Province, Afghanistan, on 21 June 2006. While Sergeant First Class Monti was leading a mission aimed at gathering intelligence and directing fire against the enemy, his 16-man patrol was attacked by as many as 50 enemy fighters. On the verge of being overrun, Sergeant First Class Monti quickly directed his men to set up a … 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 Thomas 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, with Read more »

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Florent A. Groberg

Captain Florent A. Groberg, U.S. Army

Medal of Honor awarded for awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror

 The President of the United States of America, authorized by act of Congress, March 3rd, 1863, has awarded in the name of Congress the Medal of Honor to Captain Florent A. Groberg, United States Army. Captain Florent A. Groberg distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a personal security detachment commander for Task Force Mountain Warrior, Fourth Infantry Brigade Combat Team, Fourth Infantry Division during combat operations against an armed enemy in Asadabad, Kunar Province, Afghanistan, on 8 August 2012. On that day, Captain Groberg was leading a dismounted movement consisting of several senior leaders to include two brigade commanders, two battalion commanders, two command sergeants major, and an Afghanistan National Army brigade Read more »

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Louis M. Bonacasa

Staff Sergeant Louis M. Bonacasa, U.S. Air Force

Bronze Star Awarded 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 Staff Sergeant Louis M. Bonacasa, United States Air Force, for heroism as the Tactical Security Element Truck Commander, 455th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron, 455th Expeditionary Mission Support Group, 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, while engaged in operations against an opposing armed force at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, on 21 December 2015. On that date, Sergeant Bonacasa was conducting outside the wire human Intelligence operations in support of Operations INHERENT RESOLVE, FREEDOM’S SENTINEL, and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s RESOLUTE SUPPORT mission. As the overwatch for the Gold Team Security Element, during the exfiltration of an Operation SENTINEL EAGLE outside the wire patrol, he courageously placed himself in harm’s way to protect the … Read more »

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