SSgt Dustin S. Rose
History in the USMC
Staff Sergeant Dustin Rose, a 26-year-old graduate of Taylor Truman High School, enlisted out of Recruiting Station Detroit, Recruiting Sub-Station Southgate, Mich., and left for recruit training on Sept. 18, 2001, just one week after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Upon completion of recruit training, SSgt Rose attended the School of Infantry and graduated with the military occupational specialty of infantryman. He served with the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment from 2002-2005 and deployed in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom I and II. Rose then successfully completed a tour on recruiting duty with Recruiting Station Detroit. He is currently assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, where he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom IX in January 2009.
SSgt Rose was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat “V” for his heroic achievement while serving as a fire team leader in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II from April – 17, 2004. At the time, SSgt Rose was a LCpl and was part of a mounted patrol. They were conducting reconnaissance for future operations when they struck an improvised explosive device, which initiated an ambush. As insurgents delivered small arms fire, Rose directed his men to assault the ambush in an effort to relieve the fire against the squad. After maneuvering to a rooftop position where they could gain a better view of enemy movement, Rose witnessed the reinforcing Kilo element come under fire from the rooftops between his and their positions. While preparing to engage the enemy, Rose’s team came under sudden fire from the south from an automatic grenade launcher of another friendly unit. Rose fought the urge to move his team away from the fire. Instead, he moved forward, toward the grenade launcher and into the protection of a defilade position where two AK-47s but no insurgents were found. Rose’s quick thinking and decisiveness not only helped flush the enemy from their ambush, but it undoubtedly prevented fratricide. Days later, Rose independently led his fire team for a distance of more than two kilometers, maintaining security for the company’s right flank throughout the conduct of the battalion-sized attack.
Additionally, he used his ACOG-equipped M16 throughout the fight to provide positive identification for potential targets. In one case, Rose successfully engaged a target at a distance approximately 800 meters–an action instrumental in eliminating a threat to the company’s flank.
Rose’s initiative, presence of mind and dedication to duty reflected great credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and United States Naval Service.
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