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)

Sgt Grit wants to hear from you! Leave your comments below or Submit your own Story !


  1. An example of why we have so much pride in our title Marine. To the young women and men who step up and continue to serve with honor and pride—SEMPER FI my sisters and brothers and welcome to our ranks .

  2. This /He is another reason why God created The United States Marine Corps. Heal up jarhead..your platoon needs you.

  3. Larry Whiteside-Kentucky says Ooooorah!!! Marine. That is why Army Rangers and Navy Seals are trying to be Marines!

    1. I like what Larry Whiteside says “That is why Army Ranger and Navy Seals are trying to be Marines!” I believe that is true. Semper Fi, Devil Dog.

  4. LCpl. Goebel, Marine, thank you for carrying on the tradition. Your actions ranks with Clifton B. Cates message “I will Hold” in WWI.
    Too bad the country doesn’t realize the quality of young people they have serving in the USMC. Like the song says “We are proud to claim the tile of United States Marine and Marines like you are the reason why.

  5. Semper Fi marine. Was devil doc with 3/5 in 68-69 in nam. The tradition lives on!! Well done devil dog!!

  6. Semper Fi MARINE! You are proof the Marine Corps is still in capable hands and making history… setting the example for future Marines to emulate!!

  7. Having been a member Kilo Company 3rd Batt 5th Marines in 1959-1960, Semper Fi Marine. The brotherhood of the 5th Marine Regiment is greater than you can imagine, so be proud of your strength and stamina to keep fighting, no matter the situation.

  8. john banks-rocakafella-john clem ,William black,william, henry bonnie-billy the kid, William Kelly Harrison ,joel t bonne,-tad Lincoln .086580866-general discharge from us marine corps ,barak ,Obama may have committed treason-look up barak obamas dead body.and his dope bags,he knew a SSgt.leroy Thompson ,he could help ,-also known-john s fiorvante,,jr, little harry s Truman-a brigader-general and you let someone steal my black hummer, mohammid ali hammadi ,of the twin towers ,has been caught and his gang,love- us army mp 086580866,john s fiorvante

  9. Thank you lance corporal Goebel, you are truly an America hero, you saved many American lives that day, I am proud to call you Brother! Semper Fi.
    Sgt. Dailleboust R.

Leave a Reply to Ernest Wawrowicz Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published.