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

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.
Photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin
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12 comments


  • Tony “Ski” Packowski

    SEMPER FI BROTHER!!!
    I’m also a Marine and had tour tours in Vietnam. I put 6 years in the Corps, And got out as a Staff Sargent.(Once a Marine, Always a Marine) I’m proud of you for what you did and, I’m also proud to be America’s finest! “A United States Marine”

    Tony “Ski” Packowski, (1965– 1970)
    Time in Vietnam: Sept. 1965-OCT 1966— August-1967-April- 1968
    I was in the 3/9 Recon:


  • Kapena

    Once again. Another example of the finest. Sgt.Ridgeway I’m in awe. Semper Fidelis.


  • Nick

    Once again,Well done Marine! and again he did not do all of that alone. He cleared a 100 meter x 100 meter LZ all alone? Nah. Nick


  • Harry 1371

    Just went through MOS’s of that era. There was a 2336 MOS Explosive Ordinance Tech. Think they might have been munitions (Bombs, Arty etc…) . SFD school was where I first heard of the VC ‘s “Lob Bomb” VC were clever little rats. Harry


  • Harry 1371

    Hey Murray, The only thing I know for sure is that back during our era It would have been a 1371 and we called them SFD’s (Surprise Firing Devices). Actually attended SFD training at 1st Division I think it might have been at Chu-Lai,not sure. FIRE IN THE HOLE! Full disclosure though, I spent over half my TOD at Liberty Bridge operating a pontoon ferry. Harry 1371 SEMPER FI


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