Silver Star for SSG Daniel W. Ridgeway, bomb tech

| May 5, 2013

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

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  1. B Woodman says:

    Cajones, brass, clanking, extra-large: UI, 2 ea.
    Well done, SSG Ridgeway, well done.
    And an extra-loud HUAH to you.

  2. Twist says:

    I would gladly donate a wheelbarrow so that he can still walk with those giant brass balls.

  3. OWB says:

    Well done, SSG Ridgeway. Well done.

    Thank you.

  4. Ex-PH2 says:

    One truly cool head on those shoulders. He’s welcome at my house any time.

  5. Hondo says:

    EOD personnel are something else entirely. One might question their common sense and sanity at times, but no one should ever question their guts.

    Well done, SSG Ridgeway. The honor is well-deserved.

  6. Hondo says:

    Slightly off-topic, but this story from Iraq also demonstrates how EOD folks are both a bit different and gutsy as hell:

    The Omaha World-Herald article has aged off their site, but the photo referenced above can be viewed here:

    Per other articles, GySgt Burghardt was “back in the saddle” disarming bombs about a month after the incident.

  7. Don Carl says:

    Is the SSG any relation to General Ridgeway?

  8. B Woodman says:

    Apparently those EXLarge brass ones come as standard issue when finishing EOD school.

  9. Twist says:

    Off topic

    I’ve seen EOD do something you never want to see them do, run. We found an EFP and called in EOD. They went in and did what they do. As they were carrying it back they dropped it and ran. You could see everyone in my Strker crouch down and cringe. Turns out they saw someone in a window with a weapon and were just getting into cover.

  10. O-4E says:

    Wow…just wow

    Where do we find such men

  11. EODMAN says:

    @Twist. If you see an EOD type running, it’s best to keep up. Well done, SSG Ridgeway, well done. On a somber note, yesterday was the annual EOD Memorial at Eglin. It’s when we honor those EOD warriors, of all services, who have fallen in performing their mission. Eleven new names went up yesterday. We Remember……

  12. OldSoldier54 says:

    @11 EODMAN: To absent companions …

    SSG Ridgeway: Well done, Brother! Please have many children. The Republic is in dire need of them.

  13. NSOM says:

    “Marine SSG”


  14. Rerun0369 says:

    Good job SSgt. Never leave a man behind.

  15. NHSparky says:

    Would it be out of place for me to ask a few of these phonies to clear out a minefield/IED patch large enough to land a helicopter while under fire?

  16. Detn8r says:

    Well done Brother!! Boom, Boom, Boom!!
    @#8- They are not issued in EOD School, We already had them, they just got polished!

  17. Jenna says:

    He is not related to General Ridgeway but we plan on having lots of babies!!

  18. A Proud Infidel says:

    Sounds like just another day in the life of a steel-balled Warrior!!