Skip to comments.Marine (Brown) receives Bronze Star with combat ‘V’ for leadership in Iraq - Battle of Fallujah
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 Units Service Support Group 31, which returned from Iraq in recent months after duty in some of the nations toughest areas.
He is the type of officer who will give of himself [and] doesnt think of himself, said Brig. Gen. Frank Panter, commander of the 3rd Force Service Support Group. [For Brown], its 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 Commands 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 Iraqs 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 Browns 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, Browns commanding officer in Iraq, nominated him for the commendation.
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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 Browns leadership as executive officer of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit before and during such key moments as the Battle of Fallujah in Iraq.
I second that motion!
But, John Kerry has a Silver Star with a combat V... ;)
Really? I never knew that!
Now there is someone we know earned it!
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.
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.
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
Ohhhh, thanks for explaining it.
Your dad was a hero, and proved it at least twice.
Is there a site I can go to to look up meanings for medals and ribbons? He has a combined seven awards and ribbons.
Your dad was a hero, and proved it at least twice.
I understood how you meant it. :-)
A Silver Star is NEVER issued w/"V" device because it would be redundant.
Thank you, I didn't think so either.
Thanks for the info, but why should I weep? It only backs up what my self and ASA Vet said.
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.
Your right. And you would think the clerk that made the corrections would have known better too. Thanks for all the info, very interesting.
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.
SEMPER FI BROTHER!