Mark Wilson



Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device

NAMHeroic achievement in the superior performance of his duties while serving as Squad Leader, Company L, 3d Battalion, 3d Marines, Regimental Combat Team-7, I Marine Expeditionary Force Forward, from March to July 2006, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. As a squad leader, Corporal Wilson conducted 150 combat patrols, 11 raids and 9 duration operations to counter Anti-Iraqi Forces and train the Iraqi Army soldiers. On 22 June 2006, while conducting a security patrol, his squad came under enemy fire. He immediately repelled the enemy’s attack and closed with their position, exposing himself to enemy fire to lead his squad in the counter-attack. His split-second decision making ability and effectiveness under stress allowed his squad to maneuver to the enemy’s position and capture many suspected Anti-Iraqi Forces. His combat experience and leadership were crucial to the success of his squad. Corporal Wilson’s courage under fire and dedication to mission accomplishment far exceeded the expectations of a Marine of his rank. Corporal Wilson’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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