Friday, April 27, 2012

Action 393 - Honor Heroes (Mile 20).

I am dedicating each mile that I run in the Pasadena Marathon to another Marine Corps hero who has made the ultimate sacrifice, so that in my own small way, they may be honored, acknowledged, and remembered.

Action 393 - Honor Heroes (Mile 20). I will run mile twenty in honor of Cpl Seamus Davey. A warrior to his last breath, his sacrifice saved the lives of his fellow Marines. His bravery and service were recognized with the awarding of the Bronze Star.
The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the BRONZE STAR MEDAL (Posthumously) to

CPL SEAMUS M. DAVEY
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS

for service as set forth in the following

CITATION:

For heroic achievement in connection with combat operations against the enemy as a Reconnaissance Scout, Team 2, 7th Platoon, 2d Force Reconnaissance Company, Regimental Combat Team 2, 2d Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM 04-06. On 21 October 2005, in Abu Hyatt , Iraq , Corporal Davey's team was tasked with conducting point raids and the cordon and search of over 70 buildings that were known to be a staging area for foreign fighters and insurgents. Upon entering a house, his team was ambushed by four enemy gunmen at ranges of less than ten feet. Corporal Davey was struck by multiple rounds and collapsed to the ground. Ignoring his wounds, and without regard for his safety, he continued to engage the enemy. Corporal Davey's suppressive fire drew the enemy's attention from his fellow Marines, thereby allowing them to safely withdraw from the room. Corporal Davey continued to engage the enemy until he was mortally wounded. By his zealous initiative, courageous actions, and exceptional dedication to duty, Corporal Davey 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.
For the President,

J.F. SATTLER
LIEUTENANT GENERAL, U. S. MARINE CORPS
COMMANDER, U. S. MARINE CORPS FORCES, CENTRAL COMMAND

I will run this mile in honor of this fallen warrior and fellow San Diego resident. He is missed by all who knew and loved him. Semper Fi, Corporal.


Marine Cpl. Seamus M. Davey died October 21, 2005 serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was 25, of Lewis, N.Y.; assigned to the Marine Forces Reserve's 4th Force Reconnaissance Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Reno, Nev.; attached to 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward); killed Oct. 21 while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in the vicinity of Haqlaniyah, Iraq.

(Photo courtesy of TogetherWeServed.com; summary courtesy of militarytimes.com.)