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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  1. Semper Fi Marine! Thank You for carrying on our proud tradition of never back down, and take care of your fellow Marines.

  2. I will never cease to be amazed at the guts and bravery exhibited by our young Marines when put to the test. I have seldom ever been disappointed. Gen. George Patton once said, “Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” He was exactly right, as proven by the actions of LCpl Cody Goebel. Semper Fi!!! Top Pro

  3. Semper Fi! My Brother – Superb example of HONOR – COURAGE – COMMITMENT – And as our Fellow Marines before us – as observed and commented by Admiral Chester Nimitz – “COMMON VALOR – IS A COMMON VIRTUE” Well Done!

  4. May your life always be blessed by God as it was that day. Thank you for who you are, and all that you have accomplished as a wonderful MARINE.

  5. Doing what Marines do and it makes me proud and honored to say I am a United States Marine SEMPER FI till I die 2ND Battalions 4th Marines Thank you for keeping the tradition of what it means to be a Marine alive you are a true example

  6. 1Semper Fi Leatherneck (Literally). You showed your true Marine ‘esprit de corps’. Always be proud; as I am, to say that YOU ARE a United States Marine. Damned good job! Oooohrahhh!!

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