MARINE OF THE WEEK // CLEARED IEDS ON HIS HANDS & KNEES

Sgt. Daniel W. Ridgeway 2nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company in support of 1st Battalion, 5th Marines June 18, 2011 Afghanistan Award: Silver Star   While on a dismounted security patrol to clear a suspected enemy cache site, then-Sgt. Ridgeway supervised the combat operations of his team. The cache site was located in a heavily Improvised Explosive Device laden area, historically used to pin down Coalition Forces for small arms attacks. Soon after the squad began to maneuver, an explosive device struck one of Ridgeway’s Marines. Quickly working his way to the wounded Marine, Ridgeway cleared a 40-meter path on his hands and knees. Upon arrival, he administered tactical care to treat serious wounds to the Marine’s lower leg and shrapnel over his entire body. Ridgeway then began to sweep a 100 meter by 100 meter landing zone to facilitate the Marine’s medical evacuation. Immediately following the evacuation, the squad came under withering enemy fire from multiple positions. During the sustained firefight, Ridgeway again cleared several paths by utilizing hands on, render-safe procedures on five more Improvised Explosive Devices while under direct fire from the enemy. These actions undoubtedly thwarted the enemy’s attack and saved the lives of the Marines and Sailors serving alongside him.

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POPULAR TRAINING PROGRAM INCREASES MARINE SURVIVABILITY

Since 2008, deploying Marines have participated in a training course preparing them to survive emergency, underwater egress situations.

The Underwater Egress Trainer program teaches Marines and other authorized personnel to egress from sinking or submerged platforms. Marines learn to employ life-support equipment—such as Supplemental Emergency Breathing Devices and Life Preserver Units—to increase survival rates.

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SemperFi Marine

I had a similar experience in Vietnam, I was nominated for the Navy Cross but because I was not attached to a marine unit it was downgraded to the Silver Star, reason my actions were not heroic enough for the Cross I was awarded the Silver Star. Medals are not given they’re earned and then awarded. We serve our country and hope that we serve with honor and valor and when we do the hope is that we are observed doing it and are recognized for the execution of that action. OOHRAH MARINE!!!!!!!!

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“They weren’t just dogs, they were Marines.”

Capt. William W. Putney, VMD authored “Always Faithful” regarding the Marine War Dogs in WWII. this is a must-read for anyone interested in War Dogs. Capt. Putney trained, deployed, fought with, and repatriated over 500 Dogs that were going to be put down. In addition, Capt. Putney was instrumental in dedicating a cemetery for fallen War Dogs. A Google search of William W. Putney will reveal multiple articles regarding his life. RIP

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WAY TO GO MARINE !!!!!!!!

I had a similar experience in Vietnam, I was nominated for the Navy Cross but because I was not attached to a marine unit it was downgraded to the Silver Star, reason my actions were not heroic enough for the Cross I was awarded the Silver Star. Medals are not given they’re earned and then awarded. We serve our country and hope that we serve with honor and valor and when we do the hope is that we are observed doing it and are recognized for the execution of that action. OOHRAH MARINE!!!!!!!! WELL DONE!!!!!!!!

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Ham and MF

Having extra time on my hands these days I just thought I would try and make my own version of ham and limas. Turned out pretty good. It was missing something though I think it was the fatty goo and mushy MFs that I remember. I do make a lot of beans and wienies. Mine are more like chilli beans and wienies. Anyone hear about the Marine traveling across country. Stopped for gas somewhere in Arizona. After filling his tank and being short on funds thought he would try to get some free stuff. Told the owner ( former Army guy) That for a pack of smokes that he would make his dog talk. The owner said you’re on. The Marine being able to throw his voice ask the dog. “how does your owner treat you?” The dog answered “He beats me, hardly ever feeds me, and keeps me tied up all of the time” The owner grumbled alittle but gave the Marine his smokes. The Marine thought “Wow this dude is easy” So he thought he would try again. He said,” For a six pack of beer I can make those sheep in that field talk.” The owner handed the Marine the six pack and said “Those sheep will lie” Harry 1371

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SSgt. Robert Pedro Mendoza AUGUST 13, 1976 – APRIL 20, 2020

Robert Pedro Mendoza, loving father, son, and brother, passed away on April 20, 2020 at the age of 43.
Robert was born on August 13, 1976 in Houston, Texas to Robert and Yolanda (Romero) Mendoza. Growing up, he attended various catholic schools in the Houston area. Robert was very outgoing and mischievous and the school principals knew him very well. In May 1994, he graduated from Sam Rayburn High School in Pasadena, Texas.

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MARINE OF THE WEEK // FOUGHT OFF 200 TALIBAN:

MARINE OF THE WEEK // FOUGHT OFF 200 TALIBAN:

Cpl. Jason D. Jones
Embedded Training Team 5-3
Afghanistan, July 13, 2008
Award: Silver Star

While embedded with two Marines and a U.S. Army platoon alongside the Afghan National Army, Cpl. Jones and the coalition forces came under an intense, coordinated predawn attack from an estimated 200 enemy forces. He calmly returned suppressive fires while encouraging the Afghan soldiers to deliver well-aimed defensive fires. Seeing a seriously wounded Afghan soldier in the open, he and another Marine ran across 35 meters of open ground to drag him back to their position, where Jones treated his life-threatening wounds. When a U.S. Army squad manning an observation post was in danger of being overrun after suffering heavy casualties, Jones and a fellow Marine crossed 130 meters of fire-swept ground with a M-240B machinegun and ammunition that proved vital to repelling the attack. Jones constantly exposed himself to grenades and fires from the attackers as he provided lifesaving first aid to several of the wounded U.S. soldiers. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Paul Zellner)

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PENDLETON FIRE DEPARTMENT LOOKS AHEAD TO 2020 FIRE SEASON

While mitigating the spread of COVID-19 is the now primary focus of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton leadership and the rest of the world, there are still service members and civilians on base performing tasks essential to Pendleton’s status as the premier Fleet Marine Force training base on the West Coast.

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