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


  • Jeff Howard

    Navy cross or moh (which hopefully someone is working too get this outstanding devildog)just reaffirms my faith in today’s youth,and in the training of our marines.SEMPER-FI MAC


  • Donald MCKeon

    I hope his Navy Cross is someday upgraded to the Medal of Honor. His heroic actions, not unlike hundreds of others who used their body to shield others from a destructive grenade, merits the MOH. I hope his Congressman or Congress Women, steps up and makes this happen.


  • Daniel Stombaugh

    Either way, he appears to be glad to be alive and to have earned “The Cross”. Semper Fi!


  • Rob Lheureux

    Robert Stevens. My thoughts exactly.


  • Cpl Hardardt

    From one old Marine to this young Marine, Semper Fi brother


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