GREGORY P. RUND
For heroic achievement in connection with combat operations against the enemy as Fire Team Leader, Company I, 3d Battalion, 5th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 1, 1st Marine Division support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II on 11 December 2004. As India Company moved to clear through a possible enemy stronghold, Lance Corporal Rund served as the point man for his fire team as they made entry into a building. After entering the building and seizing a foothold, he noticed that it was too dark to continue and turned on his flashlight. Immediately after turning on his light, an enemy ambush of approximately eight insurgents attacked with small arms fire. Lance Corporal Rund ordered his fire team to withdraw in order to allow tanks and amphibious assault vehicles to fire onto the enemy stronghold. In an effort to allow his team to withdraw, Lance Corporal Rund conducted a one man delaying action. After killing three of the enemy insurgents in an extremely close firefight and hand-to-hand combat, he fell mortally wounded under the relentless onslaught of insurgents attempting to pursue the other Marines of the fire team. As his last courageous act, Lance Corporal Rund placed his body across the exit from the house in order to further delay the enemy's pursuit. In giving his life, Lance Corporal Rund ensured that the men of his fire team would live on to rid the building of enemy insurgents. By his zealous initiative, courageous actions, and exceptional dedication to duty, Lance Corporal Rund reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.
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