MARINE OF THE WEEK // TOOK THE GRENADE BLAST AND KEPT FIGHTING:

MARINE OF THE WEEK // TOOK THE GRENADE BLAST AND KEPT FIGHTING:

Cpl. Richard Weinmaster
2d Battalion, 7th Marines, Marine Corps Forces, Central Command (Forward)
Sangin District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan
July 8, 2008
Award: Navy Cross

Then-Private First Class Weinmaster’s squad was conducting a dismounted patrol down a narrow side street when enemy forces ambushed the squad with machine gun fire and hand grenades. Upon contact, Private First Class Weinmaster immediately began engaging the enemy positions with his squad automatic weapon. As he delivered suppressive fire and assaulted the enemy, encountering a withering volume of fire that passed within meters of his position, Private First Class Weinmaster saw two hand grenades tossed over a wall land in the middle of his patrol. Noting where one of the grenades landed, he quickly placed himself between the grenade and his fire team leader, using his body to shield both his team leader and several other Marines from the blast, which occurred immediately. Private first Class Weinmaster was seriously injured when the grenade detonated, but his valorous actions prevented his fire team leader from receiving any shrapnel. Although he was critically wounded, Private First Class Weinmaster continued to carry on the attack, engaging enemy forces with accurate automatic weapons fire and forcing them to break contact, until he collapsed from the gravity of his wounds. By his outstanding display of decisive action, unlimited courage in the face of extreme danger, and total dedication to duty, Private First Class Weinmaster reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

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24 thoughts on “MARINE OF THE WEEK // TOOK THE GRENADE BLAST AND KEPT FIGHTING:”

  1. THANK YOU ALL FOR
    OUR FREEDOMS in the
    USA.
    GOD BLESS YOU AND ALL
    WHO SERVED.
    THANKS FOR THOSE WHO GAVE THEY LIFE. FOR
    USA TO BE FREE.
    AMEN

  2. From Pfc to General, every marine down the chain of command is capable at any time to accomplish amazing feats of self sacrifice and courage to save other Marines! That’s why we’re the best! No jest. Ooo-raahhh!

    1. You are correct.
      The Commanding General of the First Marine Division, Danang, Vietnam, 1969, never carried a weapon, and daily was in the field with his Marines.
      When asked why, he replied that he was in the safest place on earth, as he was surrounded by 27,000 Marines.
      He fought in WW2, Korea, and Vietnam twice, as a Regimental Commander and as the Division Commander.
      Like all Marines, we are one and the same.

  3. Chris
    Can u give me a call. I am the Chairman & CEO of Veterans Investment Advisors A SDVOB investment bank. We are comprised of Marines & Nav Seals. The company is dedicated to saving disabled veterans. We are an investment bank with a pipeline of projects a all over the US. I can be reached at 860-378-9888. This is my private line. That y SGT. Grit for bringing this story to our attention. Capt. Mark Gabriel

  4. MOH for sure! Very similar to Kyle Carpenter who received MOH. It may be in an upgrade status, bur 13 + years is long enough.

    Semper Fi
    Bill Allen

  5. Another outstanding performance by another brave and dedicated Marine. Semper Fi!
    Sgt Bradley Antkowiak 2013-18

        1. You probably know all his stats! You probably get tired of answering this question!
          Semper fidelis, Orlando!

          1. No I don’t get tired and I meet new people as well.
            I don’t know any stat on Mr. Cepeda

  6. Outstanding Outstanding Outstanding
    Semper Fidelis. Hoorah. Thanks for your Service Marine.
    B.Spruell.
    Staff Sargent
    Beirut Lebanon 1983

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