BSM

Rank:

 

LCPL

Name:

 

ELLSWORTH, JUSTIN M

Recommended Award:

 

BV

Action Period:

 

20041113-20041113

Status:

 

Completed

Last Updated By:

 

Michael E Hjorten on 02/18/2005 02:41:57 PM

Last Forwarded To:

 

HQMC Military Awards Branch on 02/18/2005

Final Approved Award:

 

BV

Date Approved:

 

02/18/2005 12:22:05 PM

Approved By:

 

John F Sattler, LtGen, CG, I MEF

   

Summary Action: Service member receiving IDP. Combat distinguishing device is authorized.

Lance Corporal Justin Ellsworth was in receipt of immanent danger pay during this period and is enthusiastically recommended for the Bronze Star with Combat Distinguishing Device POSTHUMOUSLY for his heroic actions while serving as a Combat Engineer, 2d Platoon, Company A, 2d Reconnaissance Battalion, 2d Brigade Combat Team, 1st Marine Division in combat operations against the enemy during Operation Iraqi Freedom II on November 13, 2004. Many of the successes of 2nd Platoon and Company A have been a direct result of Lance Corporal Ellsworth's intuitiveness and keen awareness. He has set an example of courage for all to emulate that has been an inspiration for the platoon as well as his fellow Marines.

At approximately 1130 on November 13, 2004 a seven-man reconnaissance patrol left a platoon patrol base to interdict insurgent activity in the vicinity of Al Sadan, Iraq. Lance Corporal Ellsworth was assigned to the patrol in order to provide engineering capabilities in locating and destroying weapons caches. As the patrol was returning to the patrol base, Lance Corporal Ellsworth received an initial reading on his metal detector indicating the potential for a possible Improvised Explosive Device buried along an unimproved road. Realizing that a possible explosive device was only 50 meters away from the patrol base and numerous Marines were in the near proximity, he immediately focused his efforts to identify and neutralize the threat to his unit. Demonstrating a complete disregard for his own personal welfare he selflessly moved forward clearly exposing himself to the potential effects of the explosive. The object uncovered was determined to be a homemade explosive device. Once Lance Corporal Ellsworth positively identified the location of the improvised explosive device, determined that there were not wires and that it that was in all probability a remotely controlled device, he immediately sounded the warned for his fellow Marines to clear the area. He determined that the object consisted of three homemade explosive cylinders taped together with a cord running to a cell phone adjacent to the explosives. By this time, there were seven Marines within the immediate vicinity of the improvised explosive device and another four Marines were approximately 20-30 meters away. Shortly after discovering the cell phone, the explosive was detonated, mortally wounding Lance Corporal Ellsworth. At the time of the detonation, Lance Corporal Ellsworth was positioned directly over the improvised explosive device. His body directly absorbed a large portion of the detonation. Many Marines lives were spared and several others escaped severe injuries as a direct result of Lance Corporal Ellsworth's initiative and courageous actions.

Lance Corporal Ellsworth's selfless dedication and personal bravery in the face of grave danger were heroic. His sacrifice prevented the serious injury or loss of further life among his fellow Marines. Lance Corporal Ellsworth actions and service are deserving of recognition consistent with that of the Bronze Star Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device. His courageous actions and exceptional dedication reflected great credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and United States Naval Service.

The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.

Recommended Citation:

For heroic achievement in connection with combat operations against the enemy as Combat Engineer, 2d Platoon, Company A, 2d Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force on 13 November 2004, in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM II. While conducting a dismounted combat patrol, Lance Corporal Ellsworth received an initial reading on his metal detector indicating the potential for a possible improvised explosive device. He realized that the potential explosive device was only 50 meters away from the patrol base and numerous Marines were in the near proximity. He immediately focused his efforts to identify and neutralize the threat to his unit. Demonstrating a complete disregard for his own personal welfare, he selflessly moved forward exposing himself to the potentially lethal effects of the explosive. Once he positively identified the location of the improvised explosive device, determined that it was not wired and that it was in all probability a remote controlled device, he immediately warned his fellow Marines to clear the area. Only seconds later, the improvised explosive device was detonated by the enemy, mortally wounding Lance Corporal Ellsworth. There were a total of 15 Marines within 30 meters of the detonation. His courage and decisive actions placed him in a position in which he absorbed the majority of the blast and prevented further loss of life or injury to the members of his team and platoon. By his zealous initiative, courageous actions, and exceptional dedication to duty, Lance Corporal Ellsworth gallantly gave his life for his country and reflected great credit upon him self and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.

Below Is The official wording of the award:

Lance Corporal Ellsworth's selfless dedication and personal bravery in the face of grave danger were heroic. His sacrifice prevented the serious injury or loss of further life among his fellow Marines. Lance Corporal Ellsworth actions and service are deserving of recognition consistent with that of the Bronze Star Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device. His courageous actions and exceptional dedication reflected great credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and United States Naval Service.

For heroic achievement in connection with combat operations against the enemy while serving as Combat Engineer, 2d Platoon, Company A, 2d Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM II on 13 November 2004. While conducting a dismounted combat patrol, Lance Corporal Ellsworth, received an initial reading on his metal detector indicating the potential for a possible improvised explosive device. He realized that the potential explosive device was only 50 meters away from the patrol base and numerous Marines were in the near proximity, he immediately focused his efforts to identify and neutralize the threat to his unit. Demonstrating a complete disregard for his own personal welfare, he selflessly moved forward exposing himself to the potentially lethal effects of the explosive. Once Lance Corporal Ellsworth positively identified the location of the improvised explosive device, determined that it was not wired and it that it was in all probability a remote controlled device, he immediately sounded the warning for his fellow Marines to clear the area. Only seconds later, the improvised explosive device was detonated by the enemy mortally wounding Lance Corporal Ellsworth. There were a total of 11 Marines within 30 meters of the detonation, and another four Marines within 30 meters. Lance Corporal Ellsworth courage and decisive actions placed him in a position in which he absorbed the majority of the blast and prevented further loss of life or injury to the members of his team and platoon. By his zealous initiative, courageous actions and exceptional dedication to duty, Lance Corporal Ellsworth reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


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