story by: Dan Lamothe
photo courtesy of: USMC
Marine special operators were low on ammunition and pushing through a dangerous section of Afghanistan’s Helmand province when insurgents triggered an explosion that mortally wounded a staff sergeant and kicked off an ambush and a fierce, harrowing two-day battle with Taliban forces.
On Monday, the Navy Department’s top civilian leader awarded some of the military’s top valor awards to four members of Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command who responded to that deadly July 11, 2010, attack in Nahr-e Saraj district. Recognized were Sgt. William Soutra, Maj. James Rose, Staff Sgt. Frankie Shinost and Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Patrick Quill.
Soutra, a dog handler at the time, is just the second Marine in MARSOC’s six-year history to receive the Navy Cross, the nation’s second-highest combat award. Rose, Shinost and Quill received Silver Stars, giving MARSOC a total of 15.
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