We have to thank Matt Burden from Blackfive once again for putting us in touch with Bruce McQuain from QandO. Matt knew that Bruce was the right man to take over the weekly Someone You Should Know segment.
Before we got to this week’s great story, we asked Bruce for his thoughts on what Memorial Day is all about. Bruce should know, for 28 years he served in the United States Army and Army Reserve as an infantry officer.
Someone You Should Know: Marine Sgt. Robert J. Mitchell Jr.
Bruce told us a great story for Memorial Day weekend, featuring Marine Sgt. Robert J. Mitchell Jr.. There is also an appearance by Brad Kasal, who was the second person selected by Blackfive for Someone You Should Know.
“Lt. Gen. John F. Sattler, commanding general of the I Marine Expeditionary Force, congratulates former Marine Sgt. Robert J. Mitchell on his receipt of the Navy Cross during a ceremony aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., July 28, 2006. Mitchell, who was wounded four times during his two tours in Iraq, received the medal, the nation’s second-highest award for battlefield heroism, in recognition of his actions during the battle for Fallujah, Iraq in November 2004. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. George Hruby.” DoD Photo Caption.
The day was Nov. 13, 2004, and according to the Marine Corps’ official account of the fierce, close quarters battle, Mitchell ignored his own wounds and repeatedly braved enemy fire to administer first aid to and evacuate other Marines wounded in the fight.
Nearly two years after that fateful day, in a solemn ceremony at Camp Pendleton, Calif., Mitchell received the Navy Cross from Lt. Gen. John F. Sattler, commander of the I Marine Expeditionary Force. The Navy Cross is the nation’s second-highest award for battlefield heroism.
“This is a truly special occasion,” said Sattler, addressing the assembled Marines and guests after presenting the award. “Valor comes in a scale, and all the Marines, sailors, and veterans here today know how rare of an occasion this is.”
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