Joseph Summers Jr.



Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device

NAMHeroic achievement while serving as mortar squad leader, Weapons Platoon, India Company, 3d Battalion, 3d Marines, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Central Command, on 23 December 2004, in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. During the execution of Operation Cornhusker in Korangal Valley, Afghanistan, Corporal Summers’ squad was tasked with supporting a squad overwatch position with indirect fire support. During the night, an anti-coalition force attacked the squad with rocket-propelled grenades and heavy small arms fire. Without hesitation, Corporal Summers rallied his squad and immediately began to suppress the enemy with effective mortar fire. While engaging the enemy, he continued his withering fire on the enemy position, crushing their will to fight. Corporal Summers’ quick reaction and steadfast leadership prevented the anti-coalition militia from maneuvering on his squad’s position. Corporal Summers’ enthusiasm, ability, personal initiative, and unswerving devotion to duty reflected great credit upon himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

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