Friday, May 28, 2004

Memorial - Marine Sgt. Marcos A. Martinez

Marine Sgt. Marcos A. Martinez received the Navy Cross on May third.
A corporal at the time, Martinez responded to a call to reinforce 1st Platoon, which was under attack by enemy forces. Under fire, Martinez deployed his team in supporting positions for a squad assault.

He assumed control after his squad leader was wounded. While other Marines tended to the wounded squad leader, Martinez single-handedly assaulted the building and killed four enemy soldiers with a grenade and his rifle.
The Navy Cross is the second highest medal awarded to Marines.

Here are all medals, and their ranks for each of the services. As a way to remember our heroes this Memorial weekend, let's Google up some stories and post them on our blogs.