MARINE OF THE WEEK // In the fight against ISIS

MARINE OF THE WEEK // In the fight against ISIS

Staff Sgt. John Williams
81mm Section Leader, SPMAGTF-CR-CC
Operation Inherent Resolve
Northeast Syria
May 5, 2018

Staff Sergeant Williams was manning a heavy machine gun at an observation post in northeast Syria when his position came under enemy combined arms attack. While receiving mortar and machine gun fire, he identified mounted and dismounted enemy fighters advancing on his position. Using his machine gun, he suppressed the enemy targets as well as communicated to his section the location of additional enemy targets. In the midst of the battle, Staff Sergeant Williams’ vehicle front wheel was struck by an anti-tank guided missile causing serious shrapnel wounds to his driver and injuries to all in close proximity of the blast. Despite his own concussion and effective enemy fire, Staff Sergeant Williams climbed out of the vehicle, applied multiple tourniquets to both legs of the driver and carried him to the casualty collection point. After returning. to his vehicle, he retrieved as many sensitive items from within the vehicle before a second missile struck the ground within 50 meters of his position. Immediately, he withdrew his section under fire while friendly close air support provided cover. Staff Sergeant Williams’ distinctive contributions, unrelenting perseverance, and steadfast devotion to duty reflected.great credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Photo by Lance Cpl. Rachel Young-Porter

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5 comments


  • G Willard, 0311, 8651/0321, 8511,….

    OUTSTANDING!! Kapena.
    Sounds like something Rob Riggle would say. LOL


  • Sgt. Caszatt, USMC

    Outstanding Marine! Men and women like that make me proud to have been, and to be among your ranks. Semper Fi and OOOORAH!


  • Kapena

    I can imagine the enemy in disbelief. After a direct hit from their missile and celebrating their victory, someone’s still alive! Not only is he alive but he’s still in the fight! Providing triage and recovering sensitive material. So their like, “damn”, fire another anti-tank missile at the guy! SWOOOSH! BOOOM! Shit! He’s still alive! ALLAH!Who is this guy! He’s Staff Sargent John Williams. UNITED STATES MARINES! OOOORRRRAH!


  • MSgt Edd Prothro, USMC Ret. 1964-1984

    You said it, Harry! OORAH, Gung Ho and Semper Fi!!


  • Harry 1371

    One more badass Marine! SEMPER FI and GUNG HO! Harry 1371


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