Ross McGinnis 19 years old from Knox, Pennsylvania
1st Platoon, C Company, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment
June 14, 1987 - December 4, 2006
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life
above and beyond the call of duty:
Private First Class Ross A. McGinnis distinguished himself by acts of
gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty while
serving as an M2 .50-caliber Machine Gunner, 1st Platoon, C Company,
1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, in connection with combat
operations against an armed enemy in Adhamiyah, Northeast Baghdad,
Iraq, on 4 December 2006.
That afternoon his platoon was conducting combat control operations in
an effort to reduce and control sectarian violence in the area. While
Private McGinnis was manning the M2 .50-caliber Machine Gun, a
fragmentation grenade thrown by an insurgent fell through the gunner's
hatch into the vehicle. Reacting quickly, he yelled "grenade,"
allowing all four members of his crew to prepare for the grenade's
blast. Then, rather than leaping from the gunner's hatch to safety,
Private McGinnis made the courageous decision to protect his crew. In
a selfless act of bravery, in which he was mortally wounded, Private
McGinnis covered the live grenade, pinning it between his body and the
vehicle and absorbing most of the explosion.
Private McGinnis' gallant action directly saved four men from certain
serious injury or death. Private First Class McGinnis' extraordinary
heroism and selflessness at the cost of his own life, above and beyond
the call of duty, are in keeping with the highest traditions of the
military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and
the United States Army.
You can read more about Spc. McGinnis here
These brave men and women sacrifice so much in their lives just so
others may get to enjoy freedom. For that I am proud to call them
Those Who Say That We're In A Time When
There Are No Heroes, They Just Don't Know Where To Look
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