Transportation, Support Company Marines awarded Purple Heart Medal
By Lance Cpl. Shawn Valosin
| | February 14, 2014
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. --
Three Marines with Transportation and Support Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group were awarded the Purple Heart Medal during a ceremony here Feb. 7, for wounds suffered in action while deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
May 5, 2013, Cpl. Myles Bayer, an Ellijay, Ga., native and Lance Cpl. Adam Dwaileebe, both motor transportation operators with T&S Company, were driving to help a truck that had broken down at the rear of a convoy when their vehicle ran over a 100-pound Improvised Explosive Device.
“We came across some ruts in the sand so we slowed down, but we were still about 5 ft. away from the convoy,” said Dwaileebe, a Mason, Ohio native. “Our mine roller went over safely, but when the truck’s front right tire ran over it the IED exploded.”
Twenty-five days later, Sgt. Jeremy Moses, a motor transportation operator with T&S Company was the acting navigator on a convoy in Afghanistan when his vehicle ran over an IED.
“I was bringing my head back around from a scan, and the next thing I knew my vehicle was laying on its side,” said Moses, a Greenville, S.C. native. “I called out for my gunner but the first couple of times he wasn’t responsive. After that I had to help my driver get out of the vehicle because she had three cracked vertebrae.”
Capt. Lee Stuckey, a Shorter, Ala. native and the company commander of T&S Company, CLB-2, 2nd MLG was thankful that his Marines made it home alive.
“It’s been a blessing to be able to shake their hands and give these warriors a Purple Heart,” said Stuckey. “It’s always a great day to honor Marines who have sacrificed. Those receiving [the Purple Heart] in person are doing it in memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice and are now fallen, but they truly are never forgotten.”
The three Marines were very humble and extremely honored to receive the medal, but most of all they were thankful to be able to walk away from the incident.