Marine of the Week // Inside the Hell House

Marine of the Week // Inside the Hell House

MARINE OF THE WEEK // INSIDE THE HELL HOUSE: “We had to get them out. That became the mission – the only mission.”

Cpl. Robert J. Mitchell, Jr
Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines – Home of the Thundering Third, RCT-1, 1st Marine DivisionI Marine Expeditionary Force (I MEF)
Operation Phantom Fury
Fallujah, Iraq
November 13, 2004
Award: Navy Cross

During a ferocious firefight with six insurgents fighting inside a heavily fortified house, Corporal Mitchell courageously attacked the enemy strongpoint to rescue five wounded Marines trapped inside the house. Locating the enemy positions and completely disregarding his own safety, he gallantly charged through enemy AK-47 fire and hand grenades, in order to assist a critically wounded Marine in an isolated room. Ignoring his own wounds, he began the immediate first aid treatment of the Marine’s severely wounded leg. Assessing that the Marine needed immediate intravenous fluids to survive, he suppressed the enemy, enabling a Corpsman to cross the impact zone. Once the Corpsman arrived, he moved to the next room to assist other casualties. While running across the impact zone a second time, he was hit in the left leg with a ricochet off of his weapon and with grenade shrapnel to the legs and face. While applying first aid, he noticed a wounded insurgent reach for his weapon. With his rifle inoperable, he drew his combat knife, stabbed the insurgent, and eliminated him instantly. Demonstrating great presence of mind, he then coordinated the casualties’ evacuation. Limping from his own wounds, Corporal Mitchell assisted in the evacuation of the last casualty through the impact zone under enemy fire, ultimately saving the lives of multiple Marines. By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and complete dedication to duty, Corporal Mitchell reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

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14 comments


  • Grunt0311

    Why is he sporting an Under Armour logo? Is that regulation? Is the Corps sponsoring advertising now to get more funds?


  • Jackie Wireman Sgt 2nd Recon USMC 1972-1977

    With this Marine he makes all Marines proud, that we still have in this country men like him. From the time of our birth of the Marine Corps, we had many men this, an he is caring on the code once a Marine always a Marine.


  • Father Richard Gorman

    Corporal Mitchell is a credit to his Country, His Family, and his fellow Marines. He is THE FINEST of America’s finest . . . . . . and I concur that his award should be upgraded to a Congressional Medal of Honor.


  • John O’Donnell Vietnam era marine

    Truly a Hero and I agree that it should be upgraded to a MEDAL OF HONOR


  • Ed Giddings Sgt Of the Marines 1969-1973

    Yes he should have!! Semper Fi Marine!


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