Kevin Dool

Kevin Dool. Haqlaniyah, Iraq. May 2006.

Kevin Dool. Haqlaniyah, Iraq. May 2006.




Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device

Navy CommHeroic achievement while serving as 1st Team Leader, 2d Squad, 3d Platoon, Company K, 3d Battalion, 3d Marines, Regimental Combat Team-7, I Marine Expeditionary Force Forward, on 11 May 2006, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. On this day, Corporal Dool effectively led his fire team during the reinforcement of an adjacent unit who was in a direct fire engagement with the enemy at an abandoned hotel in Haqlaniyah, Iraq. Upon arrival, he immediately established his team’s position in the cordon, denying the enemy the ability to egress. Once his team received enemy fire, he exposed himself to the enemy in order to direct his Marines during the engagement, ensuring they established a safe sector of fire. He also sent timely and accurate reports to his squad leader and the platoon commander, conveying essential situational updates and battle damage assessment. Corporal Dool demonstrated his unmatched ability to lead his Marines throughout an intense and chaotic environment. Corporal Dool’s initiative, perseverance, and total dedication to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

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