MARINE OF THE WEEK // He refused to leave a fallen Marine behind…

MARINE OF THE WEEK // He refused to leave a fallen Marine behind…

Sgt. Eubaldo Lovato
1st Battalion, 8th marines
November 11, 2004
Operation Phantom Fury, Fallujah, Iraq
Award: Silver Star (upgraded from Bronze Star)

During the second battle for Fallujah, then-Corporal Lovato and his squad was ordered to clear a house. What the Marines did not know is that insurgents had barricaded themselves behind sandbags in one room.
When a fire team entered the room, Cpl. Travis Desiato was killed ­immediately by a barrage of AK-47 fire and fell to the floor. The insurgents put up such a volume of fire that the other Marines could not retrieve their comrade. The Marines fired ­blindly, unable to see the enemy fighters behind their barricade.
Lovato and the others in his squad could see Desiato on the ground. They tried calling out to him but he didn’t answer. A group of five Marines including Lovato made several attempts to reach Desiato ’s body. They threw C4 plastic explosives into the room, but it ­generated so much smoke that the Marines could not see anything. Then one Marine attached part of a shattered mirror to a stick, which allowed him to see where the insurgents were.
Pinned by enemy fire, Lovato manuvered to retrieve more grenades, with bullets passing through his pants pockets and sling.
Eventually Lovato was able to crawl to reach his Marines and asked a tank to blast the back of the building. The Marines stormed the building and killed the enemy inside. Lovato retrieved Desiato’s body.

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7 thoughts on “MARINE OF THE WEEK // He refused to leave a fallen Marine behind…”

  1. Your what the Marine Corps stands for. Honor and bravery,doing thing other would not have the guts to do. I salute you my fellow Marine.

  2. Wonderful story. My husband was a crew chief on the presidential helicopters at HMX1 from 1962 to March 1965. He was supposed to be on the trip to Texas with President Kennedy in November 1963 but asked to be excused from tha trip. I am very proud that he served the president. He unfortunately passed in 2016 but was always very proud he was able to serve.

  3. Semper Fi. Rest in peace cpl.Desiato. The point man is the tip of the spear. It takes courage. Corporal Lovato was going to retrieve his fallen brother at all cost. He improvised, adapted and overcame the entrenched enemy with superior training ,courage and the support of his fellow Marines. We leave no one behind. You are a Marine. Good thing you’re on our side. OORRRAH!

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