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Armand E. McCormick

Place of Birth: Iowa, Mount Pleasant
Home of record: Mount Pleasant Iowa

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Silver Star

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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 Silver Star to Lance Corporal Armand E. McCormick, United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Rifleman, Combined Anti-Armor Platoon, Weapons Company, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 25 March 2003. Lance Corporal McCormick exhibited exceptional bravery when the lead elements of his battalion were ambushed with mortars, rocket propelled grenades, and automatic weapons fire. Under heavy fire, he fearlessly drove his lightly armored vehicle directly at an enemy machine gun position and purposely crashed it into an occupied trench line. With the initial breach of the enemy defense now gained for his unit, he sprang from the vehicle and began assaulting down the berm and ambush line with two Marines. Taking direct fire, and outnumbered, he pressed forward firing his M-9 pistol at enemy forces. Moving through the trench he repeatedly came under enemy fire, each time calmly taking well-aimed shots. As the group ran low on ammunition, he collected enemy rifles and a rocket propelled grenade and continued to press the attack forward several hundred meters. As a follow on company began to make their entrance into the berm, he returned to his vehicle and backed it out of the trench. Lance Corporal McCormick's courageous and boldly aggressive actions greatly reduced the enemy's ability to inflict casualties on the rest of his battalion. By his bold leadership, wise judgment, and complete dedication to duty, Lance Corporal McCormick reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: 25-Mar-03

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Lance Corporal

Company: Combined Anti-Armor Platoon, Weapons Company

Battalion: 3d Battalion

Regiment: 5th Marines

Division: 1st Marine Division, I MEF