Academic journal article Military Review

The Medal of Honor

Academic journal article Military Review

The Medal of Honor

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Specialist

Ross A. McGinnis

United States Army

The family of U.S. Army Specialist Ross A. McGinnis accepted the Medal of Honor, awarded posthumously, during a ceremony at the White House on 2 June 2008. He was also posthumously promoted from Private First Class to Specialist.

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, 1 st 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. …

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