Chief Tango sends us a link to the awesome story of Marine SSG Daniel W. Ridgeway, an EOD technician who was awarded a Silver Star for clearing minefields on his hands and knees to rescue a wounded Marine;
His award citation reads that he cleared a 40-meter path on his hands and knees to a fellow Marine after the team member was struck by an explosive device.
Upon reaching the victim, he treated the Marine’s wounds before turning him over to a corpsman for continued treatment.
Ridgeway then began clearing a 100-meter by 100-meter landing zone so his team member could be evacuated.
That would seem to be enough for a day’s work, but Ridgeway’s team came under fire and his job had just begun;
After the team member was evacuated, his unit came under fire and he continued to clear more paths for his team and disarmed five more improvised explosive devices.
There’s a video of SSG Ridgeway and the ceremony at this link.
Category: Real Soldiers