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OF THE WEEK // Master Sgt. Richard Pittman; 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines; Vietnam, 1966; Award: Medal of Honor // On July 24, 1966, then-Lance Cpl. Pittman was serving in Vietnam as an infantryman with Company I, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines. While Company I was conducting an operation along the axis of a narrow jungle trail, the leading company elements suffered numerous casualties when they suddenly came under heavy fire from a well concealed and numerically superior enemy force. Hearing the engaged Marines' calls for more firepower, Lance Cpl. Pittman quickly exchanged his rifle for a machine gun and several belts of ammunition, left the relative safety of his platoon, and unhesitatingly rushed forward to aid his comrades. Taken under intense enemy small-arms fire at point blank range during his advance, he returned the fire, silencing the enemy positions. As Lance Cpl. Pittman continued to forge forward to aid members of the leading platoon, he again came under heavy fire from two automatic weapons which he promptly destroyed. Learning that there were additional wounded Marines 50 yards further along the trail, he braved a withering hail of enemy mortar and small-arms fire to continue onward. As he reached the position where the leading Marines had fallen, he was suddenly confronted with a bold frontal attack by 30 to 40 enemy. Totally disregarding his own safety, he calmly established a position in the middle of the trail and raked the advancing enemy with devastating machine-gun fire. His weapon rendered ineffective, he picked up a submachine gun and, together with a pistol seized from a fallen comrade, continued his lethal fire until the enemy force had withdrawn. Having exhausted his ammunition except for a grenade which he hurled at the enemy, he then rejoined his own platoon. Sergeant Pittman's daring initiative, bold fighting spirit and selfless devotion to duty inflicted many enemy casualties, disrupted the enemy attack and saved the lives of many of his wounded comrades. ( video)
WHY THE MARINES? // "My name is Pvt. AnnaMarie Moormeier from Lynden, WA and I graduated Marine Corps recruit training in June 2016. When I was thinking about what I wanted to do after high school, the Marine Corps did not come up. I had looked into other branches of the Armed Forces and after meeting the Marine recruiter at our local fair, I made my decision to join the Marine Corps. I started this process in August 2014. It took me over a year of waiting for paperwork to enlist but I never gave up on what I wanted. I knew I wanted to be a Marine and I wasn't going to let anything get in the way. I also had to convince my parents because they were uneasy about it. They finally realized the Marine Corps is what I wanted to do so they supported me the whole way. As a field radio operator, I am in school in Twentynine Palms, CA. I am learning how to successfully program, use, perform maintenance on, and communicate via different types of radios. The opportunities that I have in the Marines are far greater than I could have ever imagined. The values and life lessons that I have been taught are some of the greatest I will ever know. I have learned to be a leader and take great pride in the things I do and have accomplished. When you put your mind and heart to something, nobody can ever take that from you. Nobody can take the title United States Marine from me or anyone that has earned that title. Marines have set themselves apart from everyone else by one important standard: excellence." (P/C )
WHY THE MARINES? // My name is Lance Cpl. Tatiana Sigurdson and I'm from Covington, WA. My introduction to the Marine Corps came when I joined MC JROTC at Kentwood High School. Who would've thought a preppy cheerleader could've learned to march and properly wear a uniform? After a few years in the program, I knew I wanted to join the Marines. Growing up, I always sought out leadership positions and was the captain of various sports teams. With this leadership experience and an Associates Degree from running start under my belt, I decided I wanted to be a Marine Officer. I went to boot camp in July 2015 and this fall will start my junior year at Central Washington University -- one of many opportunities afforded to me as a reservist. In May, I will head to Officer Candidates School. I love doing things few people have the opportunity to do. Although I've already earned the title Marine and become part of the world's most elite fighting force, I'm excited for when I can serve my country as a Marine Officer! (P/C .s)
Christopher Scott "Chris" Kyle (April 8, 1974 – February 2, 2013) was a United States Navy SEAL and the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history with 160 confirmed kills. Kyle served four tours in the Iraq War and was awarded several commendations for acts of heroism and meritorious service in combat. He received two Silver Star Medals, five Bronze Star Medals, one Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals. Iraqi insurgentsdubbed him the "Devil of Ramadi" and placed a series of ever increasing bounties on his head, purported to have eventually reached the low six figures.
Kyle was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy in 2009 and wrote a bestselling autobiography, American Sniper, which was published in January 2012. On February 2, 2013, Kyle was shot and killed at a shooting range near Chalk Mountain, Texas, along with friend Chad Littlefield. The man accused of killing them is awaiting trial for murder. A film adaptation of Kyle's autobiography, directed by Clint Eastwood, was released in December 2014.