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Marine awarded Bronze Star Medal for actions during special operations missions
MARFORRES ^ | 16 Nov 12 | SGT Ray Lewis

Posted on 11/17/2012 6:27:55 AM PST by LSUfan

The enemy had the hostages. Taliban forces had overtaken observation post Bari Ali and captured coalition troops. Then-Army Staff Sgt. Cody J. Carroll was part of an elite group of special operations forces called in to execute the rescue.

Carroll was a sniper by trade, so when he and his observer were dropped in, they immediately went to work. Within an hour of establishing a position, Carroll located the insurgent leader responsible for the attack on Bari Ali. He peered through his scope at the figure more than 750 yards away, and pulled the trigger.

The bullet travelled the length of more than seven football fields before passing through a small opening in a house and finding the chest of its intended target.

(Excerpt) Read more at marforres.marines.mil ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; jihad; marine; marines; taliban; usmc; wot
Interesting story and career path by this hero...
1 posted on 11/17/2012 6:28:12 AM PST by LSUfan
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To: LSUfan

And the moral of the story is,no safe place to hide when an American markman is in the area.


2 posted on 11/17/2012 6:33:41 AM PST by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: ansel12; backhoe; CholeraJoe; Criminal Number 18F; DevSix; DJ Taylor; Future Snake Eater; ...

SOCOM Ping


3 posted on 11/17/2012 6:35:03 AM PST by ASA Vet (Natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. De Vattel)
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To: LSUfan

“Interesting” doesn’t seem to cover his career path - I’d go with “convoluted” but no matter how he did it, I’m glad he’s there for all of us.


4 posted on 11/17/2012 6:35:17 AM PST by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: LSUfan

Semper Fi Marine; well done! You make us all proud to be Marines.


5 posted on 11/17/2012 6:45:37 AM PST by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: ASA Vet

Thank You Sir ....


6 posted on 11/17/2012 6:49:17 AM PST by Squantos ( Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet ...)
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To: LSUfan

It’s true; it’s true. Sgts. Major outrank EVERYBODY.

The photo cation reads 1st. Lt. Cody J. Carroll salutes Sgt. Major Dennis J. Schager.


7 posted on 11/17/2012 6:54:12 AM PST by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners)
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To: ASA Vet

Add to the ping please.

RLTW


8 posted on 11/17/2012 6:58:55 AM PST by military cop (I carry a .45....cause they don't make a .46....)
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To: LSUfan

Great story and a true hero
but some kudos must go to the Army as well


9 posted on 11/17/2012 7:12:24 AM PST by RWGinger (Simpl)
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To: NTHockey
His obligation is to return the salute that was rendered to him. The SMAJ would have initiated the salute. Incidentally, the SMAJ needs to work on his salute, sloppy and UNSAT for a Marine. You'd never see a Master Gunnery Sergeant rendering such a pi** poor salute. That's what happens when a guy like Schager spends most of his career behind a desk.

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Marine 1st Lt. Cody J. Carroll salutes Sgt. Maj. Dennis J. Schager after he is presented the Bronze Star Medal with “V” device by his former U.S. Army commanding officer at the 3rd Force Reconnaissance Company’s compound in Mobile, Ala. in Nov. 10, 2012. Carroll was awarded the nation’s 4th highest award for combat heroism for serving as an Army sniper in support of a special operations unit. Carroll is credited with killing insurgents with a long-range sniper rifle, calling in airstrikes and saving numerous hostages in a seven-day span during an Afghanistan deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Ray Lewis/Released) (Photo by Sgt. Ray Lewis)

10 posted on 11/17/2012 8:13:00 AM PST by A.A. Cunningham (Barry Soetoro is a Kenyan communist)
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To: LSUfan

This is an extraordinary guy.


11 posted on 11/17/2012 10:58:38 AM PST by ansel12 (The only Senate seat GOP pick up was the Palin endorsed Deb Fischer’s successful run in Nebraska)
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To: LSUfan

Hello,
I was just notified that this went hot last night. I have since contacted the MARFOR RES PAO and others and the article has been pulled from the site. There was no vetting process for this article and most of it is just flat out wrong. First off I’m no hero. 2nd, there are several inaccuracies in this publication that were inflated by the writer. I never asked for this press release, and I feel it is my obligation to set the record straight. I was just an attachment at the time to a team and I was tasked to provide sniper support. Here are the facts. I did enlist and serve as a UH-1N Crew Chief, I failed the Force Recon indoc in 1998, NOT BRC. I never even made it that far. I was commissioned in 2004, via the MECEP program and served as an infantry officer for 2 Iraq deployments. I resigned in 2007 (effective in 08), and then enlisted in the RI National Guard with A 2/19. I completed SFAS and this deployment with them where I was tasked with sniper support, and other duties like making coffee and taking out the trash. I never went to the Q course and I hold no special operations qualifications. I completed my enlistment and applied for reappointment into the USMCR with 3rd Force Reconnaissance Company and have since completed BRC. A very nonstandard career path.
Some of the details that the reporter listed are true, but I feel that most are inflated. The “over 100 Marines” that gathered for the award was just my company and the 2 soldiers that came to present the award. I never made “solo trips behind enemy lines” I did make several trips forward of the defense, sometimes by myself to gain a better position, but most of the time there was someone with me. I had nothing to do with the hostages being released at all. I just provided the support for the men who did. I didn’t call in any airstrikes, I just relayed the information to the guy was qualified to do so. I the “sniper” did have a sniper rifle, but as for him being an actual school trained sniper, i couldn’t say. He moved tactically and thats about all I can say. Further more, I just found out that the award still needs to be vetted by the USMC for to be even authorized. It was presented, but that was for actions in another service.
I feel that this article was a tremendous disservice to the accomplishments that the team had on that mission, and to the soldiers that payed the ultimate price in the events that led to the response.


12 posted on 11/18/2012 3:45:06 PM PST by cody 01
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To: A.A. Cunningham

Thats the CO, not the SgtMaj. Again, poor journalism.


13 posted on 11/18/2012 3:45:11 PM PST by cody 01
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To: jmaroneps37

My son, Sgt James Pirtle was one of the 2 Americans killed at OP Bari Ali. My thanks go out to this Hero for a job well done.


14 posted on 03/31/2013 8:46:36 PM PDT by pirtle
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To: pirtle

So sorry for your loss. Must be very difficult.


15 posted on 03/31/2013 8:50:14 PM PDT by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave ofo attacks on America after 9/11)
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