Marine Corps Sgt. Jeremiah Workman
Sgt. Workman and his squad were in Fallujah, Iraq, on Dec. 23, 2004, when he was alerted that insurgents had pinned down Marines in a nearby building. Arriving at the building, Workman laid down a heavy stream of cover fire, allowing some of the Marines to escape. After making sure the extracted wounded Marines were in a safe location, Workman rallied his team and went back to help extricate those still trapped inside.
He again provided cover fire as an attack team stormed the building to recover the remaining Marines. A grenade exploded in front of Workman, severely injuring him, yet he maintained his position. Despite being wounded, Workman gathered his team a third time for a final assault strike to retrieve any remaining troops and clear the building of insurgents. Insurgents started firing upon the group from the second floor, but Workman led his team through the ambush. Workman is credited with eliminating more than 20 enemy fighters during the battle. For his actions, Workman received the Navy Cross on May 12, 2006. Marine Corps story.