Skip to comments.Humble hero: Marine receives Silver Star Medal
Posted on 05/09/2013 6:02:28 AM PDT by don-o
Camp Lejeune, N.C. -- Service members shuffled through the doors and filled rows of seats at the Goettge Memorial Field House April 30, to honor a man who risked his life to save his fellow Marines in Afghanistan in 2011.
The Silver Star Medal, the third highest military decoration for valor, has only been awarded to 40 Marines for actions in Afghanistan. Staff Sgt. Daniel W. Ridgeway, an explosive ordnance disposal team leader with 2nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, was the 41st to receive the medal for his actions in combat during Operation Enduring Freedom.
His award citation reads that Ridgeway cleared a 40-meter path on his hands and knees to a fellow Marine after the team member was struck by an explosive device. Upon reaching the victim, he treated the Marines wounds and turned him over to a corpsman for continued care. Ridgeway then began clearing a 100-meter by 100-meter landing zone so his team member could be evacuated. Once his team member was evacuated, Ridgeways unit came under fire. He continued to clear more paths for his team and disarmed five more improvised explosive devices.
What he did for the Marine Corps and his fellow Marine was absolutely selfless, said Maj. Gen. Michael G. Dana, the assistant deputy commandant for logistics at Headquarters Marine Corps. His actions reflect the best that EOD brings to the fight.
Dana was the commanding general of 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward) during Ridgeways deployment.
Ridgeway said he was originally hoping for a low-key ceremony, but that after seeing the snap and pop displayed by the Marines in the ceremony, his excitement started to build.
They showed me that this was a formation they didnt mind showing up for, said Ridgeway. I cant put into words how much this ceremony means to me, as well as my family.
Ridgeway fought back tears as he gave thanks to his mentor, Gunnery Sgt. Ralph E.J. Pate, an explosive ordnance disposal technician who was killed in action in 2011.
He gave me the training and tools I needed to disarm IEDs as if it were easy.
Ridgeway is currently assigned to Wounded Warrior Battalion-East and says he will continue to wear the uniform that he is so proud of.
is what you make of it, it will beat you down if you let it, but like Rocky said It aint about how hard you hit. Its about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward.
They don’t win a medal but rather awarded it
Was massa roun? Cuz yas gotta shuffle an shine when massa commin.
Jeez. I think I see that this was written by a PAIO. Send this man back to High School English for vocabulary, tone, and inference.
(”shuffled”. Otherwise, a fine article from about the third paragraph... Excellent serviceman, and great reason to earn the Silver Star.)
Congratulations Sgt. Ridgeway and thank you for your service.
As a Marine Mom I very deeply appreciate your sacrifice, SSgt Ridgeway. Congratulations and prayers.
When my son became a Marine, a friend at work said, “Welcome to the family. You will find out what that means.”
He was right.
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