Staff Sgt. Nathan Hervey
Scout sniper section leader, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines
Helmand Province, Afghanistan
May 21, 2011
Award: Bronze Star w/ Combat “V”
After establishing an overwatch position in support of an interdiction of enemy forces in the area, then-Sergeant Hervey directed his Marines to engage with precision and machine gun fires as insurgents attempted to occupy a position to ambush a Marine squad. As the engagement continued, the enemy reinforced with heavy machine guns, recoilless rifles and rocket propelled grenades. Seeing the adjacent Marines’ situation deteriorating, Sergeant Hervey began moving his snipers north, personally sweeping for explosive devices, and attempting to establish an attack by fire position as Marine reinforcements arrived. As he continued to move, enemy forces began engaging with automatic grenade launcher fire while he discovered an explosive device in his path. With the insurgents now in platoon strength, the sniper section began prosecuting multiple targets despite intense enemy fire in order to protect an isolated and exposed adjacent unit that had struck an improvised explosive device. As the enemy began reinforcing, Sergeant Hervey coordinated with his company headquarters to provide the critical guidance for multiple aerial and indirect fire strikes that destroyed the enemy’s heavy weapons and forced the insurgents’ withdrawal.

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  1. Semper Fi Marine. As I read your story it made me proud of our Corps, thank you for allowing us to be apart of your story.

    1. Been a long time out , but still my blood is green.! Once a Marine always a Marine . I am proud of my brother, wouldn’t expect less ! Thank you for your service .

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  3. Good Afternoon ! I enjoy reading your “Marine of the Day”! A fellow Squad member of mine just published a book about his experiences in Nam back in 1968 – 69 ! It tells of the daily & nightly situations our squad had to endure & the toll it it took on our men ! The book is entitled “ Heart Shot “ by Dr. Bob Lantrip ! You might want to consider thinking about selling not only his book but also books of Other Marines !! I was Honored to have been the Squad Leader of these Great Marines – the Squad became know as Wild Wits Raiders !!

  4. Semper Fi!
    Why did it take ten years to recognize this Marine’s valor?

    C.B. Clement
    MSgt. USMC Ret
    RVN 66-67 & 69-70

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