Project Hero: SGT David Neil Wimberg, Silver Star Posted by: McQ
on Saturday, August 12, 2006
Today we honor a Marine who made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and was awarded the Silver Star for his valor. When you read his story you see one of leadership, persistence, courage and valor in combat. SGT Wimberg put himself in harm's way, leading from the front, and not demanding of his squad what he wasn't willing to do.
SGT David Wimberg, 24, was a member of a Marine Reserve unit based [in Louisville, KY]. He was killed in Hadithah, in western Iraq on May 25, 2005.
Wimberg, a 1999 graduate of Louisville Trinity High School, was a squad leader in Iraq. He and his fellow Marines were pinned down in a street after an enemy ambush, according to a citation signed by Secretary of the Navy Donald Winter.
It said Wimberg left his covered position, "maneuvered through intense small-arms fire and scaled a wall" to reach the courtyard where the attackers were.
"Although twice driven back by high volumes of enemy fire, on his third attempt, he opened the gate and allowed his squad to enter" the courtyard. After two failed attempts to breach the front door of the house where the gunmen had holed up, "Sgt. Wimberg kicked in the door."
Wimberg was then face to face with four armed insurgents, and he "engaged the enemy at close quarters, firing his M16-A4 rifle until he was shot and fell to the ground unconscious," the citation said.
His actions "created the momentum needed to break the ambush. Many Marines' lives were saved as a result of Sgt. Wimberg's decisive and selfless actions," it said.
Gunnery Sgt. Larry Bowman, who served with Wimberg in Iraq, described him as "an exceptional Marine and a great leader. We had great respect for him."
Gunnery Sgt. Bowman's thoughts reflect the highest accolade one can bestow on a combat leader. Rest in peace, Sgt. Wimberg and thank you for your service to the country and your selfless leadership and valor.
PROJECT HERO is an ongoing attempt to highlight the valor of our military as they fight in both Iraq and Afghanistan. We constantly hear the negative and far to little of the positive and inspiring stories coming out of those countries. This is one small attempt to rectify that. If you know of a story of valor you'd like to see highlighted here (published on Saturday), please contact us. And we'd appreciate your link so we can spread the word.