Occupation: Motor vehicle operator
Unit: 4th Maintenance Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group
Cpl. Phillip M. Duggan was in front of a Best Buy in Augusta, Ga., supporting a Toy for Tots fundraiser on Black Friday when a man pulled a knife on store employees after being confronted for theft. As the man rushed out of the store brandishing the weapon, Duggan took him down with a swift tackle, sustaining a stab wound in the back while scuffling with the offender. The man regained his footing but was immediately tackled and subdued by Duggan’s fellow Marines while Duggan took the pinned thief’s knife. The man was then restrained by other Marines until authorities arrived to take him into custody. Duggan made a full recovery and carried on the with the Toys for Tots mission.
Occupation: Squad automatic weapon gunner
Unit: Company G, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment
On June 19, 2008, Sgt. William W. Rollins, a squad automatic weapon gunner was on a reconnaissance patrol in Dowlatabad, Afghanistan. In pursuit of fleeing insurgents, the Marines patrolled into a village occupied by Taliban fighters. Rollins organized the patrol to clear the village of enemy fighters, but was soon pinned in an ambush. Rollins selflessly exposed himself to the enemy attack and laid cover fire so his Marines could get to safety. He then delivered suppressing machinegun fire, blasting away two enemy machinegun nests. At one point during the firefight, Rollins and a fellow Marine ran under fire to his retrieve a mortally wounded Marine. Rollins was awarded the Silver Star Dec. 17, 2010.
Chula Vista, Calif.
Occupation: Reconnaissance man, staff noncommissioned officer-in-charge at the Basic Reconnaissance Course
Unit: Advanced Infantry Training Battalion – West
When asked to run across the country with British troops to raise money for wounded warriors, Master Gunnery Sgt. Charles “Chunks” Padilla promptly answered with a loud “hell yeah.” The run, called “Gumpathon,” began in New York City, heading south to Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., and then west to the Santa Monica Pier in California. Though running across the nation is an impressive feat, Padilla has also completed the Best Ranger Competition, Graduated the British Royal Marines All-arms Commando Course and has served more than 28 years in the Marine Corps.