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Marine (Brown) receives Bronze Star with combat V for leadership in Iraq - Battle of Fallujah
Stars and Stripes ^ | June 5, 2005 | Erik Slavin

Posted on 06/04/2005 9:02:12 PM PDT by Former Military Chick

CAMP KINSER, Okinawa — A Marine officer received the bronze star with a combat “V” for his leadership in Iraq at the Kinser Surfside on Friday in front of several dozen of his fellow Marines.

Maj. Rick Brown received the medal for his leadership as executive officer of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Service Support Group 31, which returned from Iraq in recent months after duty in some of the nation’s toughest areas.

“He is the type of officer who will give of himself [and] doesn’t think of himself,” said Brig. Gen. Frank Panter, commander of the 3rd Force Service Support Group. “[For Brown], it’s all about the Marines and sailors.”

Originally designated as a theater Reserve unit, the 31st MEU could have deployed to Afghanistan or several other areas under Central Command’s purview, Brown said.

In October 2004, Brown and his troops got the go-ahead to move into position for what would become the Battle of Fallujah, and to do it within 17 days.

Brown organized a convoy for the 500-mile trek, and also integrated servicemembers attached to the 31st MEU.

The unit would end up with multiple Marine and Army battalions attached to it, which was historic, Brown said.

“The MEU gets supported usually with only one battalion,” he said.

During full-scale fighting in November, they supported Regimental Combat Team 7, which covered the eastern half of Fallujah.

Their responsibilities included evacuating prisoners taken during the fight, transporting Iraqi troops across the theater and removing ordnance, including a multi-ton cache at one site. The find included everything from French and Russian weapons to missiles, mortars and even a U.S. Navy 500-pound bomb.

“The weapons cache was too big to blow up in place without taking out a city block,” Brown said.

Despite ongoing insurgent attacks, unit servicemembers successfully removed the weapons from the area.

The 31st MEU also protected polling areas during Iraq’s elections in January. Seeing large numbers of Iraqis turn out to the polls despite the inherent danger was a highlight of the deployment, Brown said.

“That was very inspirational to our Marines,” he said.

But what sticks out most about the experience in Brown’s mind is that while some servicemembers under his command sustained injuries, none were killed.

“The best thing was not having to write a letter home to a father or mother,” Brown said.

Brown has been based on Okinawa for two years with his wife, Karen, and three children. He currently serves as executive officer of the Materiel Readiness Battalion.

Lt. Col. Alex Vohr, Brown’s commanding officer in Iraq, nominated him for the commendation.


Erik Slavin / S&S
Maj. Rick Brown receives the Bronze Star with valor Friday from Brig. Gen. Frank Panter at Camp Kinser, Okinawa, as Lt. Col. Alex Vohr watches. Vohr nominated Brown for the award because of Brown’s leadership as executive officer of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit before and during such key moments as the Battle of Fallujah in Iraq.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bronzestar; fallujah; okinawa; rickbrown; vvalor
I salute you Maj. Brown, job well done!
1 posted on 06/04/2005 9:02:13 PM PDT by Former Military Chick
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To: Former Military Chick

I second that motion!


2 posted on 06/04/2005 9:24:40 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Dig deeper, more ammo.)
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To: Former Military Chick

But, John Kerry has a Silver Star with a combat V... ;)


3 posted on 06/04/2005 9:28:38 PM PDT by Echo Talon (http://echotalon.blogspot.com)
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To: Echo Talon

Really? I never knew that!


4 posted on 06/04/2005 9:31:09 PM PDT by Stonewall Jackson (Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. - John Adams)
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To: Echo Talon
"But John Kerry has a Silver Star with a combat V...;)"

There is no such thing as a Silver star with combat V.
5 posted on 06/04/2005 9:37:03 PM PDT by Americanexpat (A strong democracy through citizen oversight.)
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To: Former Military Chick

Now there is someone we know earned it!


6 posted on 06/04/2005 9:39:33 PM PDT by vpintheak (Liberal = The antithesis of Freedom and Patriotism)
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To: Former Military Chick
What is a Bronze Star awarded for?

We had to have my dads discharge papers (he served in WW11 and Korea)for him to have a military funeral. On his papers, it showed he received 2 Bronze Stars.

7 posted on 06/04/2005 9:41:01 PM PDT by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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To: pbrown
Here's the Bronze Star criteria:

CRITERIA: a. The Bronze Star Medal is awarded to any person who, while serving in any capacity in or with the military of the United States after 6 December 1941, distinguished himself or herself by heroic or meritorious achievement or service, not involving participation in aerial flight, while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States; while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.

Your dad was a hero at least twice.

8 posted on 06/04/2005 9:47:11 PM PDT by ASA Vet (Keep the warrior princess happy, buy her ammo.)
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To: Americanexpat; Stonewall Jackson

Look at Kerry's DD214 it says Silver Star with Combat V. :D He also has a DD215 that does not remove the V device. I guess he thinks that he deserves it. :D


9 posted on 06/04/2005 9:49:28 PM PDT by Echo Talon (http://echotalon.blogspot.com)
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To: ASA Vet
Your dad was a hero at least twice.

Ohhhh, thanks for explaining it.

10 posted on 06/04/2005 9:49:31 PM PDT by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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To: pbrown
I should have said,

Your dad was a hero, and proved it at least twice.

11 posted on 06/04/2005 9:49:57 PM PDT by ASA Vet (Keep the warrior princess happy, buy her ammo.)
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To: ASA Vet

Is there a site I can go to to look up meanings for medals and ribbons? He has a combined seven awards and ribbons.


12 posted on 06/04/2005 9:54:17 PM PDT by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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To: ASA Vet
I should have said,

Your dad was a hero, and proved it at least twice.

I understood how you meant it. :-)

13 posted on 06/04/2005 9:55:56 PM PDT by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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To: pbrown
Try here
14 posted on 06/04/2005 10:00:30 PM PDT by ASA Vet (Keep the warrior princess happy, buy her ammo.)
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To: ASA Vet

Thank you.


15 posted on 06/04/2005 10:13:09 PM PDT by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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To: Echo Talon
I know that in the Army that you can be awarded an Army Commendation Medal, Bronze Star and Air Medal with a "V" for valor. The Silver star is awarded for "Gallantry in Action" and is not awarded with a "V" device, at least not when I was awarded mine. The other services could be different and I will leave it up to some one from the Navy to say yea or nay.
16 posted on 06/04/2005 10:15:57 PM PDT by Americanexpat (A strong democracy through citizen oversight.)
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To: Americanexpat
The fake hero with the fake silver star with a fake V was covered here on FR rather well before the election.

A Silver Star is NEVER issued w/"V" device because it would be redundant.

17 posted on 06/04/2005 10:19:53 PM PDT by ASA Vet (Keep the warrior princess happy, buy her ammo.)
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To: ASA Vet

Thank you, I didn't think so either.


18 posted on 06/04/2005 10:23:10 PM PDT by Americanexpat (A strong democracy through citizen oversight.)
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To: Americanexpat; ASA Vet
read it and weep :D
here
19 posted on 06/04/2005 10:27:53 PM PDT by Echo Talon (http://echotalon.blogspot.com)
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To: Echo Talon

Thanks for the info, but why should I weep? It only backs up what my self and ASA Vet said.


20 posted on 06/04/2005 10:35:14 PM PDT by Americanexpat (A strong democracy through citizen oversight.)
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To: Americanexpat

Well, its sad that Kerry after all these years would not fix this... He has a DD215 so he found it important to clean somethings up. But not this.

21 posted on 06/04/2005 10:40:30 PM PDT by Echo Talon (http://echotalon.blogspot.com)
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To: Echo Talon

Your right. And you would think the clerk that made the corrections would have known better too. Thanks for all the info, very interesting.


22 posted on 06/04/2005 10:44:32 PM PDT by Americanexpat (A strong democracy through citizen oversight.)
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To: All
Is there somewhere I can go to see how my dad won his two Bronze Stars? There must be paperwork somewhere recommending him for them. He wouldn't talk much about what he did in the war and we didn't push him on it.

He won a Meritorious Unit Award, but all I could find was a Meritorious Unit Commendation, are they different awards?

If you can help I would surely appreciate it.

23 posted on 06/04/2005 11:38:11 PM PDT by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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To: Former Military Chick

SEMPER FI BROTHER!

GODSPEED!


24 posted on 06/05/2005 12:54:36 AM PDT by alpha-8-25-02 (SAVED BY GRACE AND GRACE ALONE!)
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To: Former Military Chick
I, too salute the good Maj for a job well done. However, my radar always goes up when a staff weenie is awarded a medal with a "V" device or for valor. Not that some don't deserve it, but a "V" device is not an award you get for attendance and a job well done, although the Bronze Star can be on it's own. The narrative here sounds more like a Bronze Star sans the "V" device.
25 posted on 06/05/2005 6:00:10 AM PDT by Feckless
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