Marine of the Week // Under Fire, Carried an Injured Marine 400 Meters to Safety

Marine of the Week // Under Fire, Carried an Injured Marine 400 Meters to Safety

MARINE OF THE WEEK // Under fire, carried an injured Marine 400 meters to safety

1st Lt. James Salka
1st Battalion, 9th Marines
Operation Enduring Freedom, Helmand Province, Afghanistan
Award: Bronze Star w/ Combat “V”

While deployed to Afghanistan in 2013, 1st Lt. Salka’s platoon was tasked with defending against insurgent weapon trafficking across a vast desert stretching more than 100 miles. In most cases, Salka’s unit was the only deterrence against insurgent attacks.
Eight weeks into their deployment, Salka’s platoon conducted a helicopter raid into the Taliban stronghold of Now Zad. Upon landing under fire, the Marines found themselves encircled by enemy fighters. During this fight, Salka exposed himself to enemy machine gun fire to resupply his Marines while working to identify a new extraction point.
During the extraction, Lance Cpl. Johnathan Burns fell to the ground from an injury sustained earlier in the fight. Salka picked him up without hesitation and ran a quarter mile to the helicopter, saving that Marine’s life.

1st Lt. Salka would spend another five months in Afghanistan conducting another 164 patrols, eventually being injured by a roadside bomb while on a mounted patrol.


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  • Sgt Bill McIntyre USMC (retired)

    A True American Bad Ass !!

  • Sgt Bill McIntyre USMC (retired)

    A true American BadAss!!

  • Lee Mears

    Thank you Lt. You are a hero indeed.
    I DO NOT understand WHY it takes YEARS, 5 to 50 years,? for these heroes acts to be noted or vetted?
    Many of them are given posthumously… ?

  • WILLIAM C “”Doc”” Toffry lll

    SemperFi Lt — May God bless u always — SemperFi to my brother and job well done — aleader/officer who takes care of his troops — out fucking standing !!!

  • Jeff Lindsey

    I am a former Marine. I thank god for Marines like him

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