Marine of the Week // Raider Leader

Marine of the Week // Raider Leader


Master Sgt. Aaron Torian
2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion
Afghanistan, Jan. 29, 2014
Award: Bronze Star Medal w/ Combat “V”

During a combat operation in Afghanistan, Master Sgt. Torian’s unit came under heavy machine gun and underslung grenade-launcher fire. Maneuvering across open terrain, Torian exposed himself to enemy fire in order to establish better satellite communications and observe the enemy’s maneuvers. He then effectively coordinated multiple rotary-wing close air support missions with rockets, guns, and a hellfire missile. Two weeks later, he was killed in action. “What I admire most about Aaron was his relentless, competitive spirit; unrivaled work capacity and zest for life, family and friends,” said Charlie Goodyear, a long-time friend. “All these things made him an incredible Marine, friend, husband, and father to his family.”

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  • Charlie Richard Bravo co 3rd tanks “I” Corps Viet Nam 1968

    Thank you for your patriotism and devotion to duty you truly deserve this decoration or even the silver star. Semper Fi

  • MGySgt. Jim Mackin

    Please read my previous posting regarding the “V” attachment to the Silver Star.

  • MGySgt. Jim Mackin

    Silver Star does not come with the “V” because it is only awarded for valor in combat…Lesser awards like the Bronze Star, Navy Commendation, etc. can be distinguished for valor with the “V”…The only guy I ever heard of that had a Combat “V” on his Silver Star was John Kerry — LOL !!

  • 1stLt Gerald F. Merna USMC (Ret).,(Mustang MGySgt)

    One heck of a Marine. Agree with all above comments, especially that he deserved a Silver Star. (But for the record, there is no “V” for a Silver Star–that award speaks for itself). (For Awards Info, google: Military Awards: Earned or Not, was the criteria met?)

  • Donald Simmons


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