Staff Sergeant Timothy S. Williams sprinted 60 meters under fire through open terrain to rescue his team leader after an AK-47 round shattered the Marine’s femur and sent him tumbling into a canal full of water. SSgt Williams scooped him up, stabilized his leg, then carried the Marine 3 football fields to a medevac chopper. He took charge of the patrol and led the force two miles over mountainous terrain toward friendly forces, killing Taliban the whole way. For his courage, he was awarded the Silver Star.
“...as Reconnaissance Section Assistant Team Leader, Combat Support Advisor Team, Regimental Combat Team 6, 1st Marine Division (Forward), I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), on 10 July 2012 in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. While a member of a 15 man joint Afghan National Army and Marine force, the patrol came under intense and accurate fire from a numerically superior force… Upon discovering his team leader was seriously wounded, Staff Sergeant Williams sprinted across 60 meters of open terrain, exposing himself to accurate enemy fire in order to aid and evacuate the wounded Marine. Staff Sergeant Williams exposed himself to accurate enemy fire yet again when he carried the wounded Marine over 300 meters of uneven terrain to the medical evacuation platform. He then took charge of the joint element and continued the assault on the enemy, personally killing 5 enemy fighters, while moving the team more than 2600 meters toward a trapped Quick Reaction Force and establishing firm defensive positions repelling the enemy. Through his sound tactical and technical proficiencies, he led his element to effectively neutralize numerous Taliban positions and an estimated 20 Taliban fighters across 3,000 meters of arduous terrain…”
We honor you, Timothy Williams.
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