Archive for June 14, 2011
Marines Awarded Navy Cross
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus pins the Navy Cross on Marine Corps Staff Sgt Juan Rodriguez-Chavez shortly after presenting the nation’s second highest award for valor to Capt. Ademola D. Fabayo (left) during a ceremony at the National Museum of the Marine Corps on June 10.
The two Marines were decorated for their actions against an enemy ambush in Kunar Province, Afghanistan on Sept. 8, 2009. On that day, then 1st Lt. Fabayo was leading a dismounted patrol of Americans and two platoons of Afghan National Security Forces into Ganjgal Village for a pre-dawn meeting with village elders. Rodriquez-Chavez was pulling security.
When the team was ambushed by more than 50 enemy fighters in fortified positions, four team members were cut off from safety. Rodriguez-Chavez and Fabayo repeatedly advanced into enemy fire to rescue their fallen comrades, making four trips into the kill zone in the hours of fighting that occurred that day.
(Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Christopher Zahn)