Gunnery Sgt. Aubrey McDade
1st Battalion, 8th Marines
Fallujah, Iraq, Nov. 11, 2004
Award: Navy Cross

Shortly after departing their base in Fallujah, then-Sgt. McDade and 1/8 Bravo Company’s 1st Platoon entered an alley and encountered an immediate heavy volume of small arms and machine gun fire. In the opening seconds of the engagement, three Marines were seriously wounded as the well positioned and expecting enemy pinned others down. On contact, McDade rushed from the rear of the platoon column toward the kill zone and immediately deployed a machine gun team into the alley to provide suppressive fire on the enemy. After several attempts to reach casualties in the alley were met with heavy, well-aimed machine gun fire, he showed total disregard for his own safety by moving across the alley and successfully extracting the first of three wounded Marines from the kill zone. Aware of the fact that there were still two wounded Marines in the alley, McDade dashed through the heart of the kill zone two more times, each time braving intense enemy fire to successfully retrieve a Marine. After extracting the last casualty from the kill zone, he assisted in their treatment and medical evacuation. His quick thinking and aggressive actions were crucial in saving the lives of two of the three casualties. (U.S. Marine Corps photos by Staff Sgt. Jonathan C. Knauth & Sgt. Kenneth Trotter)

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  • Paul Hermann

    Highly motivating to read, Congratulations and Thank you to Gunnery Sgt. Aubrey McDade. Makes me proud to be American,
    And as a former , non-combat Marine, a reminder to take it up a notch in my daily life, and honor such a Marine. OoRah.

  • James Kanavy, CPL 0311

    Gunny, Well done. You ARE what all Marines strive to be.

  • Pat Tabor

    Thank you for your service, Sgt. McDade. You are a true hero . Marines are the first to go in, and the last to come out ! God bless you, and all the Marines ! And, God bless, the USA !

  • Steve Justin

    Gunny, what a true Hero you are! I served in our beloved Corps many years ago but reading about what Gunny did that did made me feel so proud of him and all of our Marines! Semper Fi and Happy Birthday Guuny and to all Marines!👨‍✈️👍

  • Amy

    Awsome job blessings all ty for all our services stay safe safe journey s

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