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SSgt Aubrey L. McDade, Jr.

Staff Sergeant Aubrey L. McDade, Jr. was awarded the Navy Cross for heroic actions demonstrated in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in the fall of 2004. McDade, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, received the Department of the Navy’s second highest award for valor while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 7, 1st Marine Division.

On the evening of November 11, 2004, McDade’s platoon encountered heavy machine gun and small-arms fire. During the engagement, one Marine was killed and two Marines were seriously wounded while others were pinned down by enemy fire. Showing complete disregard for his own safety, SSgt McDade deployed a team of machine gunners to provide suppressive fire while he exposed himself to enemy fire several times in order to rescue and recover the Marines. SSgt McDade also assisted in the treatment and medical evacuation of the wounded after bringing them to safety. His courage, selflessness and expedient actions were vital in saving the lives of his fellow Marines.

SSgt McDade enlisted in the Marine Corps after graduating from Western Hills High School in the fall of 1999, and he has deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom three times. McDade received his award January 19, 2007 during a recruit training graduation, when he was a drill instructor. He received more recognition as former first lady Laura Bush’s guest of honor at the State of the Union Address on January 23, 2007.

His actions of heroism exemplify the Corps Values on which our institution was founded upon, making him a true American hero.

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