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Outnumbered, pinned down and under attack from three directions, the Marines of Echo Company were in danger of being overrun by Iraqi insurgents hurling grenades and firing rockets and AK-47s.
"I looked out there and saw this crazy maniac firing away so all the Marines could come back alive," said Lance Cpl. Carlos Gomez-Perez, who was severely wounded in the attack.
At Wednesday's ceremony, Adametz seemed slightly embarrassed at being called a hero. "All I wanted to do was protect my brother Marines,"
Here is an exchange of emails between our featured hero, Lance Cpl Thomas R. Adametz and Staff writer of Kennebec Journal Doug Harlow in June of 2003, almost a year before the incident he was awarded for.
He has been awarded the Combat Valor Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and now the Silver Star, somehow I don't think this will be his last award. He leaves in July for a third tour of duty in the Persian Gulf region.
Funny, how I didn't see any mention of this -- the only Silver Star to come out of the assault on Fallujah -- on CNN yesterday or today. Isn't this new and relevant, and therefore news? Why is a new wrinkle in the trial of PFC England more relevant to the folks at CNN?Posted by Paul Bibeau at May 5, 2005 05:09 PM
thank you for posting my story, semper fiPosted by lcpl adametz at May 16, 2005 08:05 PM Hide Comments | Show/Add Comments in Popup Window(2) | (Note: You must refresh main page to view newly posted comments here)