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    Drill instructor to be awarded Silver Star


    Drill instructor to be awarded Silver Star

    By Gidget Fuentes - Staff writer
    Posted : Wednesday Feb 8, 2012 10:55:47 EST

    The Marine Corps will award the Silver Star medal on Friday to a sergeant who led his infantry squad through a six-hour firefight in Afghanistan’s Sangin district last year.

    Sgt. Philip A. McCullough Jr., a native of Tucson, Ariz., who was raised in Galveston, Texas, will receive the medal during a morning colors ceremony at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego. The Silver Star is the nation’s third highest award for gallantry in combat.

    McCullough, now a drill instructor with 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, was leading his squad with Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, when it came under attack on Jan. 8, 2011.

    It wasn’t long before McCullough took point and led the squad in the attack. At one point, he fired an AT-4 anti-armor rocket at an enemy fighting position.

    “He pursued the enemy into a nearby row of compounds and forced them into fixed positions where many were destroyed by close-air support and indirect fires, combined with maneuver,” the award citation states. The sergeant kept “constant pressure” on the fighters as support aircraft refueled and resupplied, and he continued to lead his men.
    http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2012/02/marine-silver-star-sandiego-sangin- afghanistan-020812/



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    Now that's motivating!


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    I was just at MCRD SD last Friday and no scheduled grads that day. I should've stayed longer

    Ooh Rah Sgt! Well Done!!!


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