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.
(Photo by Lance Cpl. Sarah Anderson)

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3 thoughts on “MARINE OF THE WEEK:”

  1. I agree he should be considered for the Metal of Honor. If it was not for him his whole squad would have been killed. His quick thinking and actions saved his squad and the wounded members of his team. Excellent job SEMPER FI

  2. Sgt. William W. Rollins, God Bless you brother… I am a Blue Star Mother who supports ALL of our military persons. My son is a USMC man and your courageous actions are a blessing from God above. I pray for you and your fellow Marines for safety. Your angels are protecting you as you make your instinctive decisions to do what you were trained to do… I thank you so much for your service.

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