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Gunnery Sergeant Daniel Santiago

History in the USMC
Gunnery Sergeant Daniel Santiago, a high school graduate of St. Benedict Academy in Chicago's north side, joined the Marine Corps Aug. 13, 1990, out of Marine Corps Recruiting Station Chicago, and attended recruit training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, California. In July 2003, GySgt Santiago deployed with Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Marines, and subsequently deployed in December 2003 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. GySgt Santiago deployed a second time in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, this time with L Company, 1st Bn., 5th Marines, in February 2005.

Gunnery Sergeant Santiago was awarded the Navy/Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat "V" for his heroic service while serving in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from March through June 2004. After recovering classified material from a downed aircraft April 13, 2004, GySgt Santiago's platoon was engaged in a large-scale complex enemy ambush. During the ambush, his section fought off numerous enemy fighters. GySgt Santiago exposed himself on several occasions to enemy fire as the platoon fought through the streets to the isolated Marines. His courage and tenacity helped the platoon to quickly rescue the Marines. His enthusiastic leadership was displayed by the section's versatility, aggressiveness and violence of action on numerous combat missions. Gunnery Sergeant Santiago's noteworthy accomplishments, perseverance and total devotion to duty reflected credit upon him and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

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