Patrolling between a tree line and a row of buildings, Staff Sgt. Timothy Williams and his squad heard the sharp cracks of rifles and immediately realized they were being ambushed. Outnumbered and under heavy enemy fire, Williams, a section leader with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, found himself relying on his instincts and training to protect himself and his Marines.
“Steinkamp demonstrated all the skills of the Marine squad leader in a very long day of combat in Afghanistan,” said Brig. Gen. James Lukeman, commanding general of 2nd Marine Division. “From planning the mission, maneuvering his squad, coming into contact with the enemy, setting up supporting fire positions and engaging the enemy, down to close combat with grenades, calling in (medical evacuations), and calling in Cobra (helicopters), he showed the courage and heroism which earned him this Silver Star.”
“I always tried to remember that I’m in charge of these guys, so I wanted to lead by example,” Woodall said. “I always felt that if they saw me keeping my emotions under control, that they would try to emulate me.”
The Wichita Eagle reports that Emil Kapaun, serving as a Roman Catholic chaplain, will be awarded the Medal of Honor on April 11, 2013, for his valor during the Korean War.
As a radio chief for a Supporting Arms Liaison Team G, 1st ANGLICO, I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group, Madrigal’s team and other Marine teams on patrol were attacked by insurgents, Feb. 15, 2008. After fiercely fighting back the enemy attack, that injured a nearby Marine, Madrigal dashed out onto the battlefield to snatch the downed Marine who had been shot in the thigh. Without regard for safety, Madrigal dragged his fellow Marine to covered area and applied a tourniquet to the Marine’s bleeding wound.