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Marine of the Week // "These insurgents just came at us with everything they had that day..."

Marine of the Week // "These insurgents just came at us with everything they had that day..."

Staff Sgt. Jeffery V. Escalderon
@1stbattalion7thmarines
Husaybah, Iraq
November 2004
Award: Bronze Star W/ Combat “V”

Staff Sgt. Escalderon’s men came under numerous attacks in Husaybah on a near-daily basis during the deployment. The Marines of Company B nicknamed a certain area of the city of Husaybah, ‘mortar thirty,’ because everyday at around 4:30 p.m., they received incoming mortar fire from insurgents.

While manning a security position with one of his four-man squads, Staff Sgt. Escalderon was attacked by a car-full of insurgents. He responded immediately by killing two of the enemy. After about an hour of heavy fighting, Escalderon’s Marines were able to repel the enemy’s assault, leaving eight terrorists dead. Two weeks after the deadly battle, Escalderon led a squad of Marines to capture a handful of insurgents in Husaybah. The terrorists responded to the Marines’ raid with rockets, mortars and machine guns. Escalderon exposed himself numerous times to enemy fire in order to repel the attack with hand grenades.
The fighting continued throughout the day until the enemy was overwhelmed and killed.

Escalderon directed both ground forces and helicopters against the enemy during the coordinated attack. 

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Comments

ignacio otero - May 11, 2020

A job well done Sgt, God Bless you and the Marines that are serving with you

Keith settlements cpl - May 11, 2020

From Vietnam to Afghanistan 1/7 is still kicking ass! My pride in my unit will never. Lessen keep up the seemingly high standard.which 1/7 calls just another day at work

Sgt. Tom from Austin, Texas - May 11, 2020

Well done, Marine! Oorah! Semper Fi.

Sgt. Tom from Austin, Texas - May 11, 2020

Well done, Marine! Oorah! Semper Fi.

Cpl. Bliss, MF - May 11, 2020

What ever the award, the fact is, the Staff Sgt. stood in front of enemy fire determined to knock them on there ass. Outstanding Fire Pisser!

Sgt. Randall Allen - May 11, 2020

Ooo fukin Rahhhh Marine.. Makes my d#%! Hard…… Semper Fi Brother.!!

Sgt Chuck Baker USMC 73-77 - May 11, 2020

Murray, thanks for your service in the 9th Marines. A lot of people have forgot we lost numerous Marines from the 9th Marines in April & May “1975.” 1/9 was used during the Evacuation of Saigon, 2 Marines were killed at Tan Son Nhat Airport. 2/9 fought at Koh Tang Island, Cambodia aka Mayaguez Incident, we lost over 20 young Marines during this battle. Most people have forgotten these 2 months in the history of the 9th Marines. Semper Fi

Gerald F. Merna, 1stLt USMC Ret (Mustang: MGySgt–1stLt) - May 11, 2020

Agree with many of the comments herein about awards criteria. IMHO, SSgt Escalderon should have received the Silver Star Medal. If interested, please see this Article I wrote after serving as the Third Marine Division Asst. Adjutant/Awards Officer, 1966-67: Google or tap here: Military Awards: Earned or Not, Was The Criteria Met? It answers many of the concerns and comments. Semper Fi

Sgt Chuck Baker - May 11, 2020

Proud of 1/9 Evacuation of Saigon April 1975. Proud of
2/9 Battle of Koh Tang aka The Mayaguez Incident, not an incident when Marines get killed. Semper Fi 9th Marines.

Daniel J. Daly - May 11, 2020

Not for me , but my cousin L/Cpl Hank Broximer was with the 26th Marines at Kha Son. During one mortar attack the landline for the whole base was put out of commission. He lead a 4 man team from the wire section to put it back together. This was done while the battle was in full force. Hank got hit by pieces of mortars. For this he was awarded the Putple Heart and a Marine Corps Achivement Award. Not for nothing I think a achivement award is for something a little less than a combat action. Like maybe a Bronze Star w/ a “V”. Hank never spoke about this and recently passed away and his family had his Marine Corps history on a table at the funeral home. Semper Fi Hank. Sgt. Daniel J. Daly A Co. 1st Engineer Bn. RVN 67-68 Hue Veteran.

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