Marine of the Week

Marine of the Week

“They were so close you could see their hands throwing grenades”

Lance Cpl. Thomas Adametz
Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines – The Professionals, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF)
Operation Iraqi Freedom
April 26, 2004
Award: Silver Star

Following the seizure of two key buildings along a vital avenue of approach into the company’s sector, Lance Corporal Adametz and his squad moved into the northern most building and provided security for his platoon’s position. The enemy’s fierce attack of rocket-propelled and hand-thrown grenades onto his platoon’s position resulted in four serious and numerous minor casualties. With disregard for his own safety, Lance Corporal Adametz exposed himself to grenade and small arms fire in order to provide suppressive fire facilitating the evacuation of the wounded Marines. Picking up a squad automatic weapon from a wounded Marine, he delivered withering fire on enemy forces 25 meters away. Lance Corporal Adametz’ aggressive actions and devastating fire were critical in repelling the enemy’s attack. By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and complete dedication to duty, Lance Corporal Adametz reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

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3 comments


  • Father Richard Gorman

    Thank God, Lance Corporal, that we have such brave young Marines as you to protect us! God bless you!


  • ml orona

    Lance Corporal Adametz not only reflected great credit on himself and the Marine Corps, but all current and former Marines whom served and are serving in every company and platoon of the Second Battalion !st Marines. His actions reinforce the values,training and esprit de corps that is being carried on by “the next great generation.” from the long line of men that served before them,we are proud of you. Best wishes to him on a long career in the USMC. Thank you for proving the traditions upheld by “The Professionals”! You are Gods’ best. Semper Fidelis Fraternally Cpl. M.L.Orona G Co. 2/1 2nd plt. “The Dogs…….” 1980-1986


  • Dave Granger

    I was in the Corps during Viet Nam, but these young Marines are carrying the colors as well as we did. Damn proud of them. Semper Fi.


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