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Marine awarded Silver Star Medal

Posted on: 2:02 pm, May 3, 2013, by , updated on: 03:26pm, May 3, 2013

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  • Lt. Cmdr. Danny Purvis, a member of the Chaplain Corps aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., leads the room in an invocation during a Silver Star Medal award ceremony aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 30, 2013. The ceremony was held to award Staff Sgt. Daniel W. Ridgeway, an explosive ordnance disposal team leader with 2nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, for his actions in Afghanistan in 2011. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin)

  • Jenna Ridgeway and family watch as her husband, Staff Sgt. Daniel W. Ridgeway, an explosive ordnance disposal team leader with 2nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, receives the Silver Star Medal during an award ceremony aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 30, 2013. Ridgeway was awarded for his actions in Afghanistan in 2011. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin)

  • Staff Sgt. Daniel W. Ridgeway an explosive ordnance disposal team leader with 2nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, thanks his wife and family during a Silver Star Medal award ceremony aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 30, 2013. More than 200 people attended the ceremony to honor Ridgeway. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin)

  • Marines and Sailors attend the Silver Star Medal award ceremony for Staff Sergeant Daniel W. Ridgeway, an explosive ordnance disposal team leader with 2nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 30, 2013. Maj. Gen. Michael G. Dana, the assistant deputy commandant for installations and logistics, Headquarters Marine Corps, awarded the silver star to Staff Sgt. Rigeway for his combat actions in Afghanistan. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Desire M. Mora) (Photo by Pfc. Desire M. Mora)

  • Staff Sgt. Daniel W. Ridgeway, an explosive ordnance disposal team leader with 2nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, stands at attention after being awarded the Silver Star Medal aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 30, 2013. Ridgeway was awarded for “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.” (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin)

  • Maj. Gen. Michael G. Dana, the assistant deputy commandant for logistics at Headquarters Marine Corps, awards Staff Sgt. Daniel W. Ridgeway, an explosive ordnance disposal team leader with 2nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, the Silver Star Medal during a ceremony aboard Camp Lejeune, N.C., April 30, 2013. Ridgeway was awarded for his actions in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2011. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin) (Photo by Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin)

Camp Lejeune, N.C. – A Marine was issued a Silver Star Medal on April 30th, only the 41st Marine to receive the medal for his actions in combat during Operation Enduring Freedom.

Staff Sgt. Daniel W. Ridgeway, an explosive ordnance disposal team leader with 2nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, was awarded for “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy.”

His award citation reads that he cleared a 40-meter path on his hands and knees to a fellow Marine after the team member was struck by an explosive device.

Upon reaching the victim, he treated the Marine’s wounds before turning him over to a corpsman for continued treatment.

Ridgeway then began clearing a 100-meter by 100-meter landing zone so his team member could be evacuated.

After the team member was evacuated, his unit came under fire and he continued to clear more paths for his team and disarmed five more improvised explosive devices.

According to an article posted by 2nd Marine Logistics Group, Ridgeway fought back tears as he gave thanks to his mentor, Gunnery Sgt. Ralph “E.J.” Pate, an explosive ordnance disposal technician who was killed in action in 2011.

“ … He gave me the training and tools I needed to disarm IEDs as if it were easy,” Ridgeway said.

Ridgeway is currently assigned to Wounded Warrior Battalion-East and says he will continue to wear the uniform that he is so proud of.

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