U.S. Marine Special Operators on the ground in Iraq and Syria in the coalition's anti-ISIS fight have been getting into plenty of direct combat going back to at least January 2016, according to award citations obtained by Task & Purpose.

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U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Salvador R. Moreno

A Marine Raider who sprinted through enemy fire to man an exposed shooting position in the back of an open truck and successfully broke an ambush by ISIS militants in Iraq was awarded the military’s third highest award for valor on Oct. 30.

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