Gunnery Sgt. Chris Denham, the company gunny for India Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, watches as the rocket from his light anti-tank weapon closes in on a compound used by enemy fighters during a firefight in Trek Nawa, Afghanistan, while participating in Operation Mako, Sept. 21, 2010. “The only thing louder than the back blast of the rocket was the Marines cheering,” said Capt. Francisco X. Zavala, the India Company commander.
From TIME: A pair of Marines wills their way onto a roof in Afghanistan’s Helmand province last Saturday. Corporal Enrique Torres, right, helps lift Lance Corporal Joseph Hevia into a compound in the Garmsir district during a sweep with Afghan police. The two Marines belong to Kilo Co., 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment. (USMC photo by Cpl. Reece Lodder)
"I don’t think I deserve [the medal],” Cole said. “Nothing I did comes close to the Marines I was with. Pinned down in a ditch, wounded, they fought for an hour against an enemy that got within 30 meters. Not once did they waiver. This award isn’t my award. It's their award."
A Marine pays his final respects to Gunnery Sgt. Christopher Eastman, an explosive ordnance disposal technician with 1st EOD Company, 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Forward) who died July 18 while supporting combat operations in Helmand Province. Eastman, 28, from Moose Pass, AK, enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1999 as a combat engineer. He lateral moved into EOD in 2006 and deployed to Iraq in 2008. He is survived by his wife, Rocio, and daughter, Joy.