MARINE OF THE WEEK: Sgt. William W. Rollins

2d Battalion, 7th Marines – HAVOC, Marine Corps Forces, Central Command
Balkh Province, Afghanistan
June 19, 2008
Award: Silver Star

Enemy fighters ambushed Sergeant Rollins’ squad with a high volume of machine gun and rocket propelled grenade fire from multiple prepared positions. With the majority of his squad pinned down by the accurate enemy fires, Sergeant Rollins rushed to within 30 meters of the enemy positions, in the face of almost certain death, and provided suppressive fire which allowed his men to escape the immediate ambush area. Once his Marines withdrew, Sergeant Rollins courageously maneuvered through enemy fire to rejoin his squad where he continued to attack the enemy while the wounded Marines were extracted. Then, with enemy fire still impacting around him, Sergeant Rollins dragged a Marine casualty to safety. Sergeant Rollins aggressive actions in the face of the enemy drew fire onto his own position and provided his squad the reprieve they needed to maneuver to safety. Sergeant Rollins bold leadership, wise judgment, and complete dedication to duty, reflected great credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

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31 thoughts on “MARINE OF THE WEEK: Sgt. William W. Rollins”

  1. Great work. Awesome to read about spectacular action. Actions speak louder than words. Godspeed.

  2. OOHRAH Semper Fi Devil Dog the courage you displayed was outstanding too your men of under your leadership was espirit the Corps, so proud that the 13 traits of being a leader are still in the hearts of the US Marines.. Honor Courage and Commitment

  3. This Sgt. is the true meaning of “Marines Run towards Danger”! OutF@%King Standing for putting your Marine’s safety above and beyond your own and living our Moto to the fullest, Semper Fidelis; ALWAYS FAITHFUL. OHH-RAH Sgt. Rollins ✝????

  4. God bless Sergeant Rollins for his dedication to the safety of his troops and his unselfish, proactive, inspiring, intelligent, strong sense of duty, effective/efficacious and heroic leadership.

    His outstanding, remarkable, courageous service and achievement in the face of significant danger is greatly appreciated by all American ?? patriots!

    Perhaps, one day, we will call him General Rollins!

    Thank you so much Sergeant Rollins for your selfless service to your Company of Marines.

    May God bless you and protect you throughout your military career!

    Please be assured of my prayers for your safety and the safety of those for whom you have responsibility!

    Your devoted prayer brother Tom

  5. God bless you, hero warrior. May you always be safe and go on to live a happy life Thank you a million times. ???

  6. Semper fi devil from kilo squad 1st 3rd Platoon,Alpha Company 1st Force Recon.You did the corps proud,it was an honor to serve with you and see that kill kill kill in action.Kerp charging devil dog .If you read this give me a call.661 609 7548
    Marines don’t die,we go to hell and regroup.To all the brothers reading this past, present and future.Thank you for your service.Ohhh rahhh.

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