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Silver Star
ADAMS, JARRED L.  
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps
Scout Sniper Platoon, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, RCT 7, 1st Marine Division, I MEF
Date of Action: January 6, 2005
Citation:

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Jarred L. Adams, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Assistant Team Leader, Scout Sniper Platoon, First Battalion, Seventh Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 7, FIRST Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Central, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 6 January 2005. In downtown Husaybah, Iraq, Corporal Adams' patrol came under intense enemy fire causing the lead vehicle to crash. He exited the vehicle and began returning fire as fellow Marines attempted to dislodge the vehicle from the wall. After freeing the vehicle and retrograding back to Camp Gannon, the patrol realized one of the vehicles was separated and needed to be located. Re-entering the kill zone again, his vehicle suffered a direct hit from a rocket-propelled grenade, causing the vehicle to erupt into flames. Corporal Adams exited the vehicle and began to fire on enemy positions. Suffering from multiple shrapnel wounds and burns, he began returning fire on enemy positions while trying to communicate with the Command Post. Realizing that the turret gunner was still inside the burning vehicle, he jumped back inside the burning wreckage, subjecting himself to the imminent threat of exploding friendly munitions from within the vehicle and enemy fire, refusing to depart the area before retrieving the fallen Marine. Freeing the gunner from the turret, and suffering from multiple wounds, he carried the gunner across the intersection under enemy fire while the remaining Marines provided suppressive fire on the enemy threat. By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and complete dedication to duty, Corporal Adams reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

CASSADY, CHAD
Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps
Company L, 3d Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I MEF
Date of Action: November 9, 2004
Citation:

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to Chad Cassady, Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Scout Sniper Team Leader, Company L, 3d Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Central, in Al Fallujah, Iraq, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 9 November 2004. Sergeant Cassady demonstrated extraordinary leadership, undaunted bravery, and tactical expertise in the execution of his duties. During the multiple engagements, he consistently displayed courage under fire through his rapid decision-making and confident actions. Under sustained, heavy, and highly
accurate enemy direct and indirect fire he repeatedly exposed himself to save the lives of several wounded Marines who were trapped in the open, pulling them to safety despite his own multiple, serious wounds. Sergeant Cassady refused to accept medical aid until all other wounded Marines were treated. Throughout the intense urban combat, his judgment and tactical proficiency were unrivaled. His presence of mind and physical courage while under fire were inspiring and undoubtedly saved lives. By his bold leadership, resolute determination, and complete dedication to duty, Sergeant Cassady reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

PLACE, JOHN ETHAN
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps
Scout Sniper Platoon, 2d Battalion, 2d Marines, 1st Marine Division, I MEF
Date of Action: March - April, 2004
Citation:

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star Medal to John Ethan Place, Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Team Leader, Scout Sniper Platoon, Second Battalion, First Marines, FIRST Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Central Command, Iraq, from March to April 2004 in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM II. On 18 March 2004, while conducting a key leader ride-along, Corporal Place's convoy was attacked by two insurgents. He immediately located and destroyed their position, which enabled the convoy to proceed unharmed. On 26 March 2004, while conducting security patrols, Corporal Place encountered two more insurgents and neutralized their position. During these actions, Corporal Place instilled confidence in his Marines with his calm, collected demeanor under intense combat conditions. On 7 April 2004, Corporal Place coordinated with another company and engaged and eliminated enemy forces while under intense enemy fire. From 11 to 24 April 2004, Corporal Place's keen observation skills ensured his supported rifle company maintained a lethal, long-range response to enemy attacks. On 26 April 2004, an enemy force attacked a company patrol 400 meters away from friendly lines. Corporal Place disregarded his own safety and left the cover of his defensive position to close with and destroy the enemy. By his steadfast initiative, courageous actions, and exceptional dedication to duty, Corporal Place reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.