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Aubrey L. McDade , Jr.

Place of Birth: Texas, Houston
Home of record: Houston Texas

As a Drill Instructor training new Marine Corps recruits, Staff Sergeant McDade's Navy Cross was presented in formation during graduation of one of the recruit classes at Paris Island, South Carolina. Four days later Staff Sergeant McDade was the guest of First Lady Laura Bush at the State of the Union Address on January 23, 2007.


Navy Cross

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Awarded for actions during the Global War on Terror

The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Sergeant Aubrey L. McDade, Jr., United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving as Machine Gun Squad Leader attached to 1st Platoon, Company B, First Battalion, Eighth Marines, Regimental Combat Team 7, FIRST Marine Division, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 11 November 2004. Shortly after departing a platoon firm base and proceeding south toward Phase Line Grace, 1st Platoon entered an alley and encountered an immediate heavy volume of small arms and machine gun fire. In the opening seconds of the engagement, three Marines were seriously wounded as the well positioned and expecting enemy pinned others down. On contact, Sergeant McDade rushed from the rear of the platoon column toward the kill zone and immediately deployed a machine gun team into the alley to provide suppressive fire on the enemy. After several attempts to reach casualties in the alley were met with heavy, well-aimed machine gun fire, he showed total disregard for his own safety by moving across the alley and successfully extracting the first of three wounded Marines from the kill zone. Aware of the fact that there were still two wounded Marines in the alley, Sergeant McDade dashed through the heart of the kill zone two more times, each time braving intense enemy fire to successfully retrieve a Marine. After extracting the last casualty from the kill zone, he assisted in the treatment and medical evacuation to these Marines. His quick thinking and aggressive actions were crucial in saving the lives of two of the three casualties. Sergeant McDade's undaunted courage, fighting spirit and total devotion to duty reflected great credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: 11-Nov-04

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Sergeant

Company: Company B

Battalion: 1st Battalion

Regiment: 8th Marines

Division: 1st Marine Division