A soldier with the U.S. 1st Air Cavalry Division is helped by a fellow soldier as he crawls from the mud of a rice paddy while taking heavy Viet Cong fire near An Thi in South Vietnam on Jan. 30, 1966.
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A Vietnam War Hero Discusses How The Nature Of Combat Has Changed Over The Years
Distinguished Service Cross recipient Richard Rinaldo spoke with Task & Purpose about the disparity between courage under fire and its recognition after the fact.
LeHew in Kuwait, 2003
Unsung Heroes
UNSUNG HEROES: The Marine Gunny Whose Incredible Actions Earned Him The Nickname ‘Hero Of Nasiriyah’
When a company of Army soldiers were ambushed in enemy territory, Gunnery Sgt. Justin LeHew helped lead the rescue effort. Then he fought on.
Christopher Adlesperger
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Unsung Heroes: The Marine Private Who Killed 11 Insurgents During A 30-Minute Firefight
When his friend was killed during a raid in Fallujah, Christopher Adlesperger unleashed hell on the enemy, and then some.
A collection of post-9/11 artifacts that will be featured in the upcoming Global War on Terror exhibit at the National Museum of the Marine Corps.
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This New GWOT Museum Exhibit Is Filled With Artifacts Left Behind By Marines
The rifle and flak jacket of Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta are just two artifacts from Iraq and Afghanistan that will be displayed at the National Museum of the Marine Corps.
Gunnery Sgt. Jonathan W. Gifford’s children unveil the new name adorning the Marine Special Operations School building, posthumously dedicated to their father during a ceremony aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., July 20, 2016.
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The Marines Named Their Special Operations School After This Hero Gunnery Sergeant
Gunnery Sgt. Jonathan Gifford was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2012. He posthumously received a Navy Cross for heroism.
Marcus Luttrell speaks on the first day of the Republican National Convention on July 18 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.
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Marcus Luttrell: ‘I Challenge All Of You To Fight For This Country’
Navy SEAL and Navy Cross recipient Marcus Luttrell endorsed Trump in a passionate speech that rocked the Republican National Convention Monday night.
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Ronald Valdez (left), a corpsman with 1st Platoon, India Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, and 30-year-old native of Waipahu, Hawaii, extends a helping hand to Lance Cpl. Patrick Mireles, a team leader and 23-year-old native of Austin, Texas, as Mireles jumps a stream during a security patrol here, April 30, 2012.
Leadership
6 Combat Leadership Tips From A Badass Marine General
Marine Maj. Gen. Ray L. Smith lays out six things you need to keep in mind to be an effective combat leader.
Marine Maj. Gen. Ray Louis Smith.
History
The True Story Of How ‘E-Tool’ Smith Earned His Famous Nickname
Decorated combat veteran Ray ‘E-tool’ Smith tells Task & Purpose the real story behind the E-tool kill legend.
Donna Ouellette, mother of fallen Marine Cpl. Michael W. Ouellette, has a room in her home that honors the memory of her son with plaques, shadow boxes, photographs and a drawing that depicts the fallen squad leader.
Unsung Heroes
UNSUNG HEROES: This Corporal Died Leading His Marines Until The Very End
Though mortally wounded by a roadside bomb, Cpl. Michael Ouellette remained a calm and composed leader under fire.
Petty Office 1st Class Luis E. Fonseca, Jr. in June 2012.
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UNSUNG HEROES: The Corpsman Who Sprinted Into Gunfire To Save 5 Marines
Navy corpsman Luis Fonseca ran through hell to treat five wounded Marines, carrying one to safety himself.
Lance Cpl. Jordan Haerter, left, and Cpl. Jonathan Yale were killed April 22, 2008, by a suicide bomber in Ramadi, Iraq.
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UNSUNG HEROES: The Heroic Last Stand Of 2 Marines In Ramadi
Lance Cpl. Jordan Haerter and Cpl. Jonathan Yale bravely sacrificed themselves to stop a suicide bomber, saving the lives of 150 comrades.
Lt. Col. John M. Reed, speaks on behalf of Cpl. Richard S. Weinmaster, who received the Navy Cross for valor and a promotion to corporal moments before during a ceremony held at Lance Cpl. Torrey L. Gray field, Aug. 20, 2009.
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UNSUNG HEROES: The Marine Who Shielded His Team From A Grenade And Then Kept Fighting
“I didn't do anything special,” Pfc. Richard Weinmaster insisted at his award ceremony. “I was just in the right place at the right time.”