Lejeune Marine, Bragg soldiers honored for valor

Posted February 25, 2011

— A Camp Lejeune-based Marine was awarded the Bronze Star Friday in honor of his actions while serving in Afghanistan.

More than three dozen Fort Bragg soldiers also were recognized Friday for valor in the line of duty in Afghanistan.

The soldiers are members of the Third Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg. Five received a Silver Star, 16 received a Bronze Star with Valor, 16 received Army commendation medals and one received a Purple Heart.

At Camp Lejeune, Marine First Sgt. Christopher J. Adams received a Bronze Star with a Combat Distinguishing Device, which is added for acts of valor. That is the military's fourth-highest combat award.

The award citation praises Adams as "a model example of a fighter and leader in combat" while serving in Afghanistan from October 2009 to last May, with the Fox Company, Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit.

The citation states that during combat on Nov. 16, 2009, Adams responded to a squad leader's call for help and led a 1,500-meter charge against enemy firing positions.

"His decisive leadership broke the enemy's will to fight," Capt. Binford Strickland stated in a release.

Three days later, Adams was met for the second time by enemy fire and responded with his own. He then provided help for the innocent victims of the combat.

"Adams provided a model example for his Marines and sailors and instilled in them a ruthless desire to hunt for the enemy while assisting the local population," the citation states.


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Mar 1, 2011

    Here we are...recognizing the bravery and sacrifice that this marine has made. He is surely a hero and surely deserves it.

    I only hope that he won't suffer the same fate as John Kerry did when he ran for president in 2004. During the Vietnam war, Kerry was awarded a Bronze Star and a Silver Star as well as other medals.

    When he ran for president, his medals and his service and his service were questioned and smeared...for political gain.

  • 426X3 Feb 25, 2011

    They are all heros. No matter if they served in war or peacetime. Thank-you to them all.

    1973 - 1982

  • christinebbd Feb 25, 2011

    My children (ages 9 & 19) never hold empty fluff up as their heros. NEVER. I'm extremely proud when I see my 19 yr old walk up to a veteran to tell them thank you for serving. My 9 yr old watches me as I walk up to men wearing "U.S.S. _________" caps to shake their hand and say thank you.

    CSmith & RB-1, I agree with everything you wrote. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for your service.

  • csmith8116 Feb 25, 2011


    What hereandnow99 was trying to say that it is factual that today's government leaders are more and more removed from the actuality of war and military service because our government leaders with military and/or combat service to our nation are a dying breed. While many of these folks exhibit heroism on the battlefield, they are no match for today's progressive governmental candidates who get their leadership training by being community organizers and then believe they are have the exerience to lead the country. It used to be an honor to serve your country and folks would see the strong leadership and sensible character that a Sargent Major or Colonel could bring to local, State, or Federal governement. As a combat veteran, I feel that today's society and the future society holds up athletes, actors, actresses, and the newest reality shows as our national treasures and not those valient soliders, fireman, police officers, teachers, and care givers who are the real heros.

  • RB-1 Feb 25, 2011

    hereandnow - "And for your sake, soldier, I hope that in 30 years if run as the Democratic Presidential’re prepared to defend your war medals from a bunch of right-wing chickenhawks, who don’t value your service and, in fact, even question it"

    Maybe you'd like to step up to the front lines and say that.

    Talk about picking the wrong venue for a rant.

  • RB-1 Feb 25, 2011

    SEMPER FI!!!

    God bless them all.


    USMC Sergeant


  • bgreen Feb 25, 2011


    What the h#$@ did that mean?

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Feb 25, 2011

    Congratulations, Marine!

    And for your sake, soldier, I hope that in 30 years if run as the Democratic Presidential’re prepared to defend your war medals from a bunch of right-wing chickenhawks, who don’t value your service and, in fact, even question it.

  • 426X3 Feb 25, 2011

    From the Halls of Montezuma
    To the Shores of Tripoli

  • NRAalltheway Feb 25, 2011

    Bravo Zulu!!