Lance Cpl. Cody Goebel
3rd Battalion, 5th Marines
Sangin, Afghanistan, Nov. 22, 2010
Award: Silver Star

While in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, Lance Cpl. Goebel was manning a security position in the southern Green Zone of Sangin District when he was struck in the neck by enemy small arms fire. Knocked to the ground and severely wounded at his post, he quickly picked himself up, remounted his machine gun, and engaged the enemy’s firing position with full knowledge that his position was critical to his squad’s defense. For seven minutes, he ignored his life threatening wounds and delivered devastating machine gun fire on the enemy’s position, all while refusing medical attention until he was properly relieved. Finally, but only after a fellow squad member had manned his machine gun, Goebel moved 25 meters under his own power and under heavy fire across the observation post’s roof and down a 20-foot ladder to the casualty collection point. Upon reaching the ground, he collapsed due to the loss of blood and had to be carried to a helicopter landing zone for subsequent medical evacuation. His courage, heroism, and dedication to duty after sustaining a life threatening injury resulted in the successful blocking of an enemy attack and six enemy fighters killed. (U.S. Marines photos by Sgt. Timothy Lenzo)

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3 thoughts on “MARINE OF THE WEEK:”

  1. I find it difficult to comment on most of these award citations. Just another in the long line of Marines doing what is expected of being Marines. Some are noticed and recognized, but too many others are not and well should be. It all depends on where you are, what you’ve done, who are your leaders, and how proficient are those leaders at expressing your actions in reports and recommendations. Not to mention the chain of command that will often change the report to meet their own standards. Contrary to popular belief, all is NOT fair in love and war. Semper Fi!!! Top Pro

  2. I am glad you made this comment Edd, I don’t like reading them either. Not to take away from any ones medal. I know they had a quota on how many had to be awarded when I was in. Murray 1371

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