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03-25-06, 12:54 PM
Just thought you Guys may be interested in this award....

Colour Sergeant Mathew Tomlinson received The Conspicuous Gallantry Cross in the operational Honours list 24th March 2006.

Colour Sgt Tomlinson was commanding a US Marine Corps assault force on the Euphrates River near Fallujah in November 2004 when they came under fire from a numerically superior and well defended enemy position.His decision to turn his lead craft towards the attack created an element of suprise,which unhinged the enemy.He was the on the river bank and he engaged in close quarter battle,enabling his men to encircle the enemy.

When it became clear the insurgents were reinforcing themselves,Colour Sgt Tomlinson called for fire support on the enemy rocket propelled grenade position and he planned and led a decisive assault on the key enemy position.On realising his force was running low on ammunition,Colour Tomlinson executed a safe withdrawal to the river bank where he personally provided cover to ensure his men boarded the boats.He also marked his position so that air support could counter strike the enemy.

The Citation reads..."Colour Sergeant Tomlinson's sure aggresive and decsive actions throughout saved the lives of many in his US Marine Corps patrol.He displayed courage,determination,and remarkable presence of mind throughout and his actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Royal Marines.

Colour Sgt Tomlinson Joined the Royal Marines in June 1989 and trained as a landing craft specialist.The majority of his career to date has been spent as a small boat coxswain with operational tours i Northern Ireland,Zaire,the Congo,Sierra Leone,Hong Kong.He also served in Afghanistan on the operation against the Taliban.

From 2003 to 2005 Colour Sergeant Tomlinson served on exchange with the United States Marine Corps at Camp Lejeune,North Carolina.During this time he deployed to Iraq with the USMC to carry out operations on the Euphrates River around Fallujha.

Colour Sergeant Tomlinson is now serving with 1 assualt Group Royal Marines.

Now thats what I call co-operation,Semper Fidelis and Per Mare Per Terram. Aye JR

03-25-06, 05:48 PM
Thank you 3BadgeMarine for this interesting story...
One question;
Is 3 badges like a 3 Quad body in the United States Marine Corps recon units.
Jump Qualified
Scuba or Underwater Qualified
US Army Ranger Qualified

Semper Fidelis and Per Mare Per Terram

To become a 4 Quad body a U.S Marine must be qualified or served a tour with your Royal Marines, there very few 4 Quad bodies...

Derek Blevins
03-27-06, 03:44 PM

No, it's different in the Royal Marines.

The 3 Badges referred to by JR are Long Service awards. Royal Marines are awarded a Good Conduct Badge for each four years of 'Very Good' service. However, they are only worn at the bottom of the left sleeve by marines who have no promotional rank. They are known as '3 Badgers', hence JR's profile name.

The next stage of this award system is the Long Service and Good Conduct medal, which is awarded to, and worn by, all non-commissioned ranks who qualify, including Marines, and is known as a 'Blue'. This is awarded after 15 years 'VG' service from the age of 18.

Hope this clears things up!



03-27-06, 05:01 PM
Thanks Derek, for clearing it up for me...so that would be 12 years of very good service...