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Marines awarded for heroic actions in Afghanistan

By Lance Cpl. Christopher J. Moore | 12th Marine Corps District | February 20, 2014

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For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while
serving as Squad Leader, 1st Platoon, Company D, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines,
Regimental Combat Team 6, 1st Marine Division (Forward), I Marine
Expeditionary Force (Forward), in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM from
22 June 2012 to 23 June 2012. After the completion of an air assault into
Qaleh-Ye Gaz, Sergeant Rick and his squad were attacked from multiple
positions by high volumes of medium machinegun and indirect fire. Sergeant
Rick subjected himself to the enemy fire four times to employ his M4 Carbine
and M203 grenade launcher accurately while directing the maneuver of his
Squad. By his leadership, his squad provided devastating fires on the enemy,
forcing their immediate withdrawal. Later that day, with complete disregard
for his own safety, Sergeant Rick forfeited cover and ran out of the patrol
base, covering 200 meters of open ground, to lead a security team and
recover a mortally wounded Marine. Though enemy rounds impacted within feet
of his position as the security team maneuvered to the patrol base, Sergeant
Rick calmly directed the fire of the squad. He remained outside the patrol
base, suppressing the enemy, until all of his Marines were safely inside.
The following day Sergeant Rick again led his squad to counter a complex
ambush. The precision fire he employed from his grenade launcher destroyed
two enemy fighters and oriented close air support aircraft onto their
targets, ultimately leading to the destruction of the enemy. By his bold
initiative, undaunted courage, and complete dedication to duty, Sergeant
Rick reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions
of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Squad Leader, 1st Platoon, Company D, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 6, 1st Marine Division (Forward), I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM from 22 June 2012 to 23 June 2012. After the completion of an air assault into Qaleh-Ye Gaz, Sergeant Rick and his squad were attacked from multiple positions by high volumes of medium machinegun and indirect fire. Sergeant Rick subjected himself to the enemy fire four times to employ his M4 Carbine and M203 grenade launcher accurately while directing the maneuver of his Squad. By his leadership, his squad provided devastating fires on the enemy, forcing their immediate withdrawal. Later that day, with complete disregard for his own safety, Sergeant Rick forfeited cover and ran out of the patrol base, covering 200 meters of open ground, to lead a security team and recover a mortally wounded Marine. Though enemy rounds impacted within feet of his position as the security team maneuvered to the patrol base, Sergeant Rick calmly directed the fire of the squad. He remained outside the patrol base, suppressing the enemy, until all of his Marines were safely inside. The following day Sergeant Rick again led his squad to counter a complex ambush. The precision fire he employed from his grenade launcher destroyed two enemy fighters and oriented close air support aircraft onto their targets, ultimately leading to the destruction of the enemy. By his bold initiative, undaunted courage, and complete dedication to duty, Sergeant Rick reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service. (Photo by Lance Cpl. Christopher J. Moore)


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Sergeant Kenneth Rick, a squad leader with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, received the Silver Star Medal from Lt. Gen. John Toolan, commanding general of I Marine Expeditionary Force, during an award ceremony held at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Feb. 18, 2014. Rick, a native of Sacramento, was recognized for his heroic actions in Afghanistan when he maintained a tactical advantage while being ambushed by a larger enemy force. Rick saved the lives of multiple Marines and destroyed numerous enemy positions during a six-day operation. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Christopher J. Moore/released)

Sergeant Kenneth Rick, a squad leader with 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, received the Silver Star Medal from Lt. Gen. John Toolan, commanding general of I Marine Expeditionary Force, during an award ceremony held at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Feb. 18, 2014. Rick, a native of Sacramento, was recognized for his heroic actions in Afghanistan when he maintained a tactical advantage while being ambushed by a larger enemy force. Rick saved the lives of multiple Marines and destroyed numerous enemy positions during a six-day operation. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Christopher J. Moore/released) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Christopher J. Moore)


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Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif. --

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while

serving as Squad Leader, 1st Platoon, Company D, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines,

Regimental Combat Team 6, 1st Marine Division (Forward), I Marine

Expeditionary Force (Forward), in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM from

22 June 2012 to 23 June 2012. After the completion of an air assault into

Qaleh-Ye Gaz, Sergeant Rick and his squad were attacked from multiple

positions by high volumes of medium machinegun and indirect fire. Sergeant

Rick subjected himself to the enemy fire four times to employ his M4 Carbine

and M203 grenade launcher accurately while directing the maneuver of his

Squad. By his leadership, his squad provided devastating fires on the enemy,

forcing their immediate withdrawal. Later that day, with complete disregard

for his own safety, Sergeant Rick forfeited cover and ran out of the patrol

base, covering 200 meters of open ground, to lead a security team and

recover a mortally wounded Marine. Though enemy rounds impacted within feet

of his position as the security team maneuvered to the patrol base, Sergeant

Rick calmly directed the fire of the squad. He remained outside the patrol

base, suppressing the enemy, until all of his Marines were safely inside.

The following day Sergeant Rick again led his squad to counter a complex

ambush. The precision fire he employed from his grenade launcher destroyed

two enemy fighters and oriented close air support aircraft onto their

targets, ultimately leading to the destruction of the enemy. By his bold

initiative, undaunted courage, and complete dedication to duty, Sergeant

Rick reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions

of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.



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