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Marine of the Week // Led Men from Three Countries Through a Five Hour Firefight

Marine of the Week // Led Men from Three Countries Through a Five Hour Firefight

#MARINE OF THE WEEK // Led men from three countries through a five hour firefight

Gunnery Sgt. Richard Jibson
1st Marine Division
Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan
Award: Navy Cross

On 28 May 2012 Gunnery Sergeant Jibson was advising a 53-man coalition force of Georgian, Afghan, and United States personnel during the clearing of an Afghan village. When some Marines who were reducing an improvised explosive device came under small arms fire, Gunnery Sergeant Jibson unhesitatingly placed himself between the Marines and the enemy, returning fire and allowing them to safely reach cover. Throughout the multiple engagements over the ensuing five hours, he bravely left covered positions and crossed open terrain many times under withering small arms and machine gun fire to provide suppressive fire, inspire his comrades, and direct the fire and maneuver of the entire coalition force. When a fellow Marine was shot in the head by an enemy sniper, Gunnery Sergeant Jibson fearlessly charged into a hail of enemy machine gun fire, pulled the exposed wounded Marine to cover, and then assisted a corpsman in rendering emergency measures to stabilize him. Amid the chaos, he arranged for reinforcements, casualty evacuation, and close air support. His courageous leadership, composure under fire, and tactical expertise led to successful extraction of the force with minimal loss of life. By his bold and decisive actions, undaunted courage, and complete dedication to duty, Gunnery Sergeant Jobson reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

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andrea williamson - May 10, 2020

Thank-you and God Bless you for your service first to those under your command and second for your country and the marine Corp.

Alexander C. Gonzalez - May 10, 2020

Devil Dogs get it done!

David P. Derrickson, Sgt. United States Marines - May 10, 2020


Joseph strychasz - May 10, 2020

Thank God we have men like Gunny Jibson – our hero who deserves our humble thanks for his leadership and devotion to his country. He stands on the walls at night defending us and protecting our freedom. God bless you and keep you in the palm of his hand.

mike mello - May 10, 2020

mike mello

A true Marines ,Marine..Semper Fi Gunny long may you live.

Johnny Reyes Jr, CMSgt USAF Ret. USMC 58-63 USAF 72-00 - May 10, 2020

Hell yeah, Gunny !! Semper Fi !!

mlorona - May 10, 2020

WOW! Outstanding dedication and service to his Marines under fire. An old Gunny once told me “Gunnie’s are the backbone of the Marine Corps.” Looks like he was right. Praise God for you Gunnys’ Jibson & McCracken where ever you are! Thank you 1st Mar. Div. and United States Marine Corps for continuing to stand in the gap since 1775 and making former Marines proud to have served. Semper Fidelis Fraternally and respectfully submitted Cpl. M.L.Orona G Co. 2/1 2nd Plt. “The Dogs”

SSgt G - May 10, 2020

Ooorah, Gunny! Another Marine “doing his job” by going Above and Beyond as trained, LEAD Marines under any circumstance!! A reason there are Marines, and then there are all the others! Semper Fi!

Rick Richards - May 10, 2020

Out damn standing Gunny. Semper Fi

Eddie Preciado - May 10, 2020

Gunny Jibson, As Always A Jarhead doing his Job God Bless You For Your Service Many of us Marines did Things out there unnoticed Glad Gunny Got what he Deserved. Ohh Rah Gunny.. L/cpl Preciado Viet Nam 67-68.

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