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Marine of the Week // “When you inflict that number of casualties on the enemy and none of us were killed, that’s a pretty successful fight”

Marine of the Week // “When you inflict that number of casualties on the enemy and none of us were killed, that’s a pretty successful fight”

#MARINE OF THE WEEK // “When you inflict that number of casualties on the enemy and none of us were killed, that’s a pretty successful fight”

Gunnery Sgt Brian Blonder
Force Reconnaissance Platoon, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines
Shewan, Afghanistan
August 8, 2008
Award: Navy Cross

Gunnery Sergeant Blonder was leading a dismounted patrol through the city of Shewan when his platoon came under intense rocket propelled grenade, mortar and machinegun fire that destroyed a vehicle and trapped several Marines in the kill zone 150 meters away from the enemy. Gunnery Sergeant Blonder exposed himself time and again to heavy fire as he coordinated the suppression of the enemy so that the Marines could be recovered. Later in the battle, Gunnery Sergeant Blonder personally led a flanking attack on the enemy trench system through countless volleys of machinegun and rocket propelled grenade fire. He continued to press the attack as the platoon penetrated further into the trenches in order to defeat the enemy. Gunnery Sergeant Blonder’s tactical ability, superior marksmanship and aggressive fighting spirit inspired the platoon to continually advance on the enemy despite being highly outnumbered. He was a driving force during the eight hour battle and pushed the platoon to gain and maintain the momentum against the enemy until they were destroyed. Gunnery Sergeant Blonder’s valorous actions helped reduce a major enemy stronghold as his platoon killed over fifty enemy fighters, destroying several Taliban cells and opening the highway in Shewan to coalition convoys. By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and complete dedication to duty, Gunnery Sergeant Blonder reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

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Charles Richard Jr - April 26, 2020

Well done Gunny. Semper Fi

Kendall Ames - April 26, 2020

Well done Gunny keep up the good work!

Ray Green - April 26, 2020

Great job by you and your Marines. Makes me prouder to say I’m a Marine. Oorah!!!

William Buelow - April 26, 2020

Semper Fi :—- Gunny , we needed men likes of you in Vietnam, etc

Paul Chacho Jr. SGT. E5 66to69. - April 26, 2020

Well Done and Semper Fi Gunny.

Donald R Price - April 26, 2020

Oh hell yeah. SEMPER FI from an old retired Gunny (63-83) THANK YOU for bringing Honor and Glory to the best rank in the USMC. But because your are the best of the best, Sergeant Major is waiting down the road.0

William Gardner - April 26, 2020

Good job Marine. You are doing what Marines have been doing since the Marine corps began. Your duty. Leading your men into overwhelming odd and coming back Victoria’s. Keep up the good work.

Benjamin A Nevarez, 1975 to 1978 - April 26, 2020

This is what Marines do, the few, the proud, Semper Fi

Rick johns, - April 26, 2020

Congratulations on earning your cross.Semper Fi.!!! You are upholding the outstanding tradition of leading from the front.Best wishes for the rest of your career,and your family.Your marines are lucky to have such an outstanding leader in you. Good luck with the rest of your career.

Albert Marin - April 26, 2020

As expected from Force Recon…Well done Marine.!

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