- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 23, 2014

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. (AP) - A Marine gunnery sergeant who repeatedly braved Taliban fire to rescue and rally his troops in Afghanistan has received the Navy Cross.

The heroic actions of 34-year-old Richard Jibson were recognized during a ceremony Tuesday at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms.

U-T San Diego reports (https://bit.ly/1l285yR ) fellow Marines, dignitaries and family members were on hand as Jibson received the second-highest award a Marine can receive for battlefield bravery.

In May 2012, during a five-hour gunbattle in Afghanistan, Jibson repeatedly put himself in the line of fire to rally his forces and lay down suppressive fire. He charged into a machine gun fusillade to rescue a critically wounded Marine.

Jibson, a married father of two girls, said he was “honored and humbled” to receive the honor.


Information from: U-T San Diego, https://www.utsandiego.com

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