Hand-to-hand combat in Afghanistan yields Navy Cross for Marine.

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Wooldridge, a member of 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, is credited with fending off a Taliban ambush in close-quarters battle on June 18, 2010, in Musa Qala.

During the engagement, Wooldridge snatched a machine gun from the hands of an enemy fighter and, following a tense struggle on the ground, killed his opponent by striking him in the head with the weapon’s butt stock. The remaining Taliban then retreated, ending a potentially deadly ambush against Wooldridge’s platoon, according to an account of the battle provided to Marine Corps Times in late 2010.

Source: Gina Cavallaro for Marine Corps Times.


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  • Bogie

    Semper Fi,Devil Dog.

  • Tim in Tampa

    Oorah… that’s the kind of story I want to hear. How some piece of crap Taliban meets his 72 sea-hags after a struggle with one the Nation’s finest. God bless the Marine Corps, I hope these WM crack troops can cut the mustard when they are faced with a CQB situation such as this!

  • Alandarrow

    That’s great. But whats the haps with Kanye and Kim? No, seriously. This is the best news bit I’ve heard in a long time. That is outstanding field work Devil Dog! Semper Fi. OOhhhrraahh!!!!

  • CAMOWoman

    God Bless you…God bless America…God bless our snipers…oh and our knife wielding soldiers!!

    WATCH THIS VIDEO: TRIBUTE TO MILITARY SPOUSES…[it's not sappy I promise]

    http://www.militaryspot.com/news/military-spouse-appreciation-day-recognizes-sacrifices/