MARSOC Hermann, John W.

John Robertson

Staff member
John W.
  • UNIT
1 Marine Special Operations Bn (Company B)
  • RANK
Staff Sergeant
Silver Star
Afghanistan 2008
EOD technician
WIA 26.2.2008 Helmand Province,Afghanistan
7 Engineer Support Bn (1 Marine Logistic Group) 2010 (Warrant Officer)


Silver Star : The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Silver Star to Warrant Officer [then Staff Sergeant] John W. Hermann, United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action with combat operations against the enemy while serving as Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician, Marine Special Operations Company B, First Marine Special Operations Battalion, United States Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM on 26 February 2008. While conducting a combined combat reconnaissance patrol, Staff Sergeant Hermann's element came under mortar, rocket propelled grenade, machinegun, and small arms fire in the village of Dahaneh, Afghanistan. He quickly identified the enemy position and dismounted his vehicle with a teammate to attack and defeat the entrenched enemy insurgents. While moving across open terrain, his teammate was struck in the leg by enemy fire. He continued moving forward over open terrain into the machine gun fire and entered the enemy trench line. He single-handedly destroyed the enemy assailants, and then crossed back through the machinegun fire of another enemy position in order to treat his fallen comrade. Disregarding his own shrapnel wounds, he applied a tourniquet to the wounded Marine's leg and then moved forward and silenced the remaining enemy machine gun. He then took charge of all the Marines in the area and established a security cordon for the casualty, while vectoring teams towards any enemy remnants. His quick decision making, technical competence, and bravery saved the wounded Marine from enemy fire and enabled the platoon to continue clearing the village, resulting in the destruction of 13 enemy fighters. By his bold initiative, undaunted courage, and complete dedication to duty, Staff Sergeant Hermann reflected great credit upon himself and the Marine Corps and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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