Marine sergeant awarded Navy Cross

LA Times/Stars & Stripes:

During the May 28, 2012, attack by Taliban fighters on Marines defusing a buried bomb in an Afghan village, Jibson "unhesitatingly placed himself between the Marines and the enemy, returning fire and allowing them to safely reach cover," according to the Navy Cross citation.

On multiple occasions, Jibson "bravely left covered positions and crossed open terrain many times under withering small-arms and machine-gun fire to provide suppressive fire, inspire his comrades, and direct the fire and maneuver of the entire coalition force."
Gunnery Sgt. Richard Jibson was on his fourth combat tour at the time.  It takes great courage to move around like that under enemy fire.  The Navy Cross is second only to the Congressional Medal of Honor for Marines.


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