Postumous Silver Star - Pfc McGinnis, hats off....

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#1
http://www.army.mil/-news/2006/12/1...-for-soldier-who-sacrificed-himself-for-crew/ for full story.

McGinnis was manning the gunner's hatch when an insurgent tossed a grenade from above. It flew past McGinnis and down the hatch before lodging near the radio.

His platoon sergeant, Sgt. 1st Class Cedric Thomas, recalled what happened next: "Pfc. McGinnis yelled 'Grenade ... It's in the truck,' I looked out of the corner of my eye as I was crouching down and I saw him pin it down."

McGinnis did so even though he could have escaped. "He had time to jump out of the truck," Thomas said. "He chose not to."

The Silver Star Medal was approved for McGinnis's action and will be awarded posthumously.
 
#4
RIP, Pte McGinnis. A very Brave Soldier, reminds me of Pte Billy McFadzean's VC on July 1st 1916, he threw himself on a box of grenades to save his comrades.
 
#11
RIP Soldier

I would not be surprised to see the Silver Star upgraded to a MOH.
 
#15
Spc McGinnis has been recomended for the Medal of Honor. He was awarded the Silver Star for his part in an action on the day Saddam was sentenced. His unit killed 50 tango's.

Specialist who dove on grenade nominated for Medal of Honor

By Michelle Tan
Staff writer

Spc. Ross A. McGinnis has been nominated by his commanders for the Medal of Honor, said Maj. Sean Ryan, a spokesman for 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division.

On Dec. 4, while on duty in Baghdad, Iraq, McGinnis used his body to smother a grenade, saving the lives of four fellow soldiers. McGinnis died from the blast.

McGinnis, 19, was assigned to Company C, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, which is attached to 2nd BCT.

Only one soldier and one Marine have received the Medal of Honor since the beginning of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and there has been debate about why there have been so few recipients of the nation’s highest award for valor.

According to information provided Tuesday by Multi-National Division-Baghdad, McGinnis was manning the gunner’s hatch when an insurgent tossed a grenade from above. The grenade flew past McGinnis and down through the hatch before lodging near the radio.

His platoon sergeant, Sgt. 1st Class Cedric Thomas, was in the vehicle at the time.

McGinnis “yelled, ‘Grenade. … It’s in the truck,’” Thomas said. “I looked out of the corner of my eye as I was crouching down and I saw him pin it down.”

McGinnis, who was from Knox, Pa, could have escaped the blast, Thomas said.


“He had time to jump out of the truck,” he said. “He chose not to. He gave his life to save his crew and his platoon sergeant. He’s a hero.”

Three of the soldiers in the vehicle with McGinnis have returned to duty after suffering minor injuries. The fourth is recovering in Germany.

McGinnis, the youngest soldier in his company, was approved Monday for a Silver Star, the nation’s third highest award for valor, according to a press release from MND-B. In it, he was referred to as a private first class. McGinnis was promoted to E-4 the morning he died.
 

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