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America, Fire, and Memes: JONATHAN WILLIAM GIFFORD GY SGT US MARINE CORPS AFGHANISTAN AUG 11 197T JUL 29 2012 NAVY CROSS HERO OF THE DAY: Marine Gunnery Sgt. Jonathan W. Gifford of Palm Bay, Fla., died at age 34 on July 29, 2012 in Badghis province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations. During the morning patrol, he saw three of the Afghan special operations commandos he was advising hit by enemy small arms fire. Immediately, he got behind the wheel of an all-terrain vehicle, roaring across 800 meters of ground unprotected to come to the aid of the wounded commandos. With the help of another Marine, he performed first aid on the Afghan soldiers and moved them to a landing zone so a helicopter could extract them for medical care. Then, he crossed back over the same open terrain to help the other Afghan commandos in the unit, who were now under enemy fire. During the attack he led, he took out an insurgent who was firing from a window and climbed a building housing enemy fighters, dropping a grenade down the enemy chimney. He kept pressing the attack until he fell mortally wounded by enemy machine gun fire, according to his medal citation. Gunnery Sgt. Gifford was assigned to 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, Camp Lejeune, N.C. usmc marine marines marinecorps oorah semperfi devildog hero sacrifice 2012 oef afghanistan gunnerysergeant gunny jonathangifford marsoc navycross usa america unitedstates military 2ndmsob via @marine_corps_heroes_
America, Fire, and Memes: JONATHAN
 WILLIAM
 GIFFORD
 GY SGT
 US MARINE CORPS
 AFGHANISTAN
 AUG 11 197T
 JUL 29 2012
 NAVY CROSS
HERO OF THE DAY: Marine Gunnery Sgt. Jonathan W. Gifford of Palm Bay, Fla., died at age 34 on July 29, 2012 in Badghis province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations. During the morning patrol, he saw three of the Afghan special operations commandos he was advising hit by enemy small arms fire. Immediately, he got behind the wheel of an all-terrain vehicle, roaring across 800 meters of ground unprotected to come to the aid of the wounded commandos. With the help of another Marine, he performed first aid on the Afghan soldiers and moved them to a landing zone so a helicopter could extract them for medical care. Then, he crossed back over the same open terrain to help the other Afghan commandos in the unit, who were now under enemy fire. During the attack he led, he took out an insurgent who was firing from a window and climbed a building housing enemy fighters, dropping a grenade down the enemy chimney. He kept pressing the attack until he fell mortally wounded by enemy machine gun fire, according to his medal citation. Gunnery Sgt. Gifford was assigned to 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, Camp Lejeune, N.C. usmc marine marines marinecorps oorah semperfi devildog hero sacrifice 2012 oef afghanistan gunnerysergeant gunny jonathangifford marsoc navycross usa america unitedstates military 2ndmsob via @marine_corps_heroes_

HERO OF THE DAY: Marine Gunnery Sgt. Jonathan W. Gifford of Palm Bay, Fla., died at age 34 on July 29, 2012 in Badghis province, Afghanistan...