Something Different #7

Another Marine in the battle for Baghdad… Not his job to go get people, but it needed to be done and he did it!

The President of the United States

Takes Pleasure in Presenting

The Navy Cross

Scott C. Montoya

Sergeant, United States Marine Corps
For Services as Set Forth in the Following

Citation:For extraordinary heroism while serving as a Scout Sniper, Scout Sniper Platoon, 2d Battalion, 23d Marines, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force in Support of Operation Iraqi Freedom on 8 April 2003. During the battle for Baghdad, Sergeant Montoya’s sniper team arrived within Company F’s position as they came under heavy small arms fire from a determined enemy force. He immediately encouraged Marines to deploy and return fire. Noticing a disabled civilian vehicle on the road in the line of fire and with complete disregard for his own life, he rushed forward amidst a hail of gunfire and dragged a wounded Iraqi civilian to safety. Returning to the front, he spotted a wounded Marine struggling to get off the same fire swept street, he risked his life to lead the Marine to safety. Returning to the front, he spotted a wounded Marine lying in the street. Ignoring the hailstorm of bullets, Sergeant Montoya rushed into the street for a third time to carry the injured Marine to safety. Sergeant Montoya returned a fourth time to evacuate an unconscious Marine. Returning to the front again, he dashed into the contested street and assisted a Marine to safety who had been dazed by an explosion. Sergeant Montoya ensured medical attention was administered and verified that evacuations were ongoing. By his outstanding display of decisive leadership, unlimited courage in the face of heavy enemy fire, and utmost devotion to duty, Sergeant Montoya reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

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Something Different #7 — 2 Comments

  1. What? A Marine saved a civilian’s life? Before other Marines? The MSM won’t have this! /snark

    Just amazing! If you really think about what kind of fire he was under, it is even more amazing.