Marine of the Week // Took the Grenade Blast and Kept Fighting

Marine of the Week // Took the Grenade Blast and Kept Fighting

Cpl. Richard Weinmaster
2d Battalion, 7th Marines, Marine Corps Forces, Central Command (Forward)
Sangin District, Helmand Province, Afghanistan
July 8, 2008
Award: Navy Cross

Then-Private First Class Weinmaster’s squad was conducting a dismounted patrol down a narrow side street when enemy forces ambushed the squad with machine gun fire and hand grenades. Upon contact, Private First Class Weinmaster immediately began engaging the enemy positions with his squad automatic weapon. As he delivered suppressive fire and assaulted the enemy, encountering a withering volume of fire that passed within meters of his position, Private First Class Weinmaster saw two hand grenades tossed over a wall land in the middle of his patrol. Noting where one of the grenades landed, he quickly placed himself between the grenade and his fire team leader, using his body to shield both his team leader and several other Marines from the blast, which occurred immediately. Private First Class Weinmaster was seriously injured when the grenade detonated, but his valorous actions prevented his fire team leader from receiving any shrapnel. Although he was critically wounded, Private First Class Weinmaster continued to carry on the attack, engaging enemy forces with accurate automatic weapons fire and forcing them to break contact, until he collapsed from the gravity of his wounds. By his outstanding display of decisive action, unlimited courage in the face of extreme danger, and total dedication to duty, Private First Class Weinmaster reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

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30 comments


  • Joseph M Bennett

    In reply to Robert Stevens.
    THIS YOUNG MAN DESERVES THE MOH – PRAY HE GETS IT. SEMPER FI AND OOH RAH 1ST MAW VMFA 323 NAM 68-69


  • Sgt R.Padgett

    This young marine deserves the MOH because if he did not do this his whole fire team would have been killed He deserves this give it to him. His fire team is alive because of his actions.. It is a shame that some get it for the same reason and some do not.. SEMPER FI MARINE.


  • Garcia Joe 1st Marine Regt Comm 1977

    Start writing to your Congress Members today Especially to Senator John McCain


  • Garcia Joe 1st Marine Regt Comm 1977

    We are Marines We Know what Honor is and Who we fight for .We will stand Up in formation for our Brother and Honor him for his selfless act of courage and bravery and stand by him in his hours of need and simply say Semper Fidelis Marine your are among family and we will never leave you wanting .And your Country shall not forget you Sir . Your Navy Cross shall be upgraded to the MOH


  • Mark Moreland

    In reply to Robert Stevens.
    This young Marine extraordinaire, that’s right, to me that’s what he is and will always be in my heart! This young devil dog deserved the Medal of Honor, not the Navy Cross and as the other gentleman said I to am in no way shape or form saying anything bad about the Navy Cross, but damn it, he could of lost his life protecting his fellow Marine’s and he deserves the MOH!! I bet had he died sacrificing his body to save his fellow Marine’s he’d of gotten the MOH posthumously and that’s just not fair or even right! He should be walking around today enjoying the MOH that he so deserves, instead of us talking about it after he passed away! So, from one old Marine to this Marine’s commanding officer, please do the right thing and award this young heroe what he so tightly deserves and that’s the MEDAL OF HONOR! SEMPER-FI MARINE and to all my brothers and sisters as well!


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