Somthing Different #19

Another Marine in Iraq- Not once, not twice, but SIX times through the kill zone to get people…

The President of the United States
Takes Pleasure in Presenting
The Navy Cross
Todd CorbinLance
Corporal, United States Marine Corps
For Services as Set Forth in the Following

Citation:For extraordinary heroism as Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement Driver, Weapons Company, 3d Battalion, 25th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 2, 2d Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM in Hadithah, Iraq. On 7 May 2005, enemy forces ambushed Lance Corporal Corbin’s platoon using a suicide vehicle borne improvised explosive device, rocket-propelled grenades, and machine guns. Instantly, three of the four vehicles were severely damaged and eleven of sixteen Marines suffered casualties. Lance Corporal Corbin immediately repositioned his truck directly between the enemy and many of the wounded. He radioed the situation to the battalion and leapt into the enemy fire, directing Marines to engage and marking targets. He ran to his fallen patrol leader, threw him onto his shoulder and carried him to safety while firing at the enemy with his off-hand. He re-crossed the kill zone, made his way to his fallen corpsman, bound his wounds and began carrying him. As he began to move, the enemy engaged at close range and Lance Corporal Corbin threw himself on a wounded Marine and shielded him as friendly machine gun fire suppressed the enemy. Organizing Marines to suppress and repel the ambush, he then, on five occasions, ran through enemy fire, recovered dead or wounded personnel, and returned them to his truck. When the casualties were loaded onto his heavily damaged vehicle, he activated its emergency systems and drove it out of the kill zone and through the city to a battalion aid station five miles away. Due to his heroism, no Marine lost his life after the initial attack. By his outstanding display of decisive leadership, courage in the face of heavy enemy fire, and utmost devotion to duty, Lance Corporal Corbin reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

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Somthing Different #19 — 4 Comments

  1. WOW!

    Reading these (especially this one) makes me think about all the prayers sent up on behalf of these men and women. Something was definitely guarding him that day.

  2. RT and FIrefox, these are the everyday folks doing their jobs… Friends, neighbors, sons, daughters, husbands, wives; they are not the undereducated scum the media would have us believe.

  3. Most average, everyday guys I know would/could not do this, I am sad to say.

    Men like this are something special indeed.