Local Marine Awarded Silver Star
In January 2011, Sgt. Phillip McCulloch was in Sangin, Afghanistan, as part of Operation Enduring Freedom when he and his squad were attacked as they worked to find better travel routes for tactical vehicles.
"And that ambush turned into a complete offensive attack from the enemy, a platoon-sized element; machine teams, rocket teams maneuvering on us." said McCulloch, 23.After a fight that went on for six hours, McCulloch was able to lead his squad to safety despite being shot. However, some of his men did not make it back.On Friday, Brig. Gen. Daniel Yoo pinned the Silver Star on McCulloch during a ceremony at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot."Every day this is what they have to deal with, you know, and nobody really understands that. This what I received that award for," McCulloch said, referring to his fellow Marines.McCulloch said he remained calm and focused during his experience because of the training he received, specifically 1st Sgt. Christopher Carlisle."I'm very, very proud of him. He's going to wear it for a long time for all of our brothers that didn't make it and all of wounded brothers as well," said Carlisle.McCulloch said he will take everything he learned from Carlisle with him as he now serves as a drill instructor at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot."It's really a lot. It represents all that my fallen and wounded brothers did over there," said McCulloch.