US PARAS 2 Ingledue, Richard G.

John Robertson

Staff member
Richard G.
  • UNIT
503 Infantry Regiment (Airborne) (Company C,2 Bn)
  • RANK
Army Commendation Medal with V device
Afghanistan 2010


Army Commendation Medal : The Secretary of the Army of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Army Commendation Medal with Combat "V" to Sergeant Richard G. Ingledue, United States Army, for valorous actions against enemy forces while assigned as a Rifle Squad Leader in Charlie Company, 2d Battalion (Airborne), 503d Infantry Regiment. Sergeant Ingledue's dedication to duty, bravery, and selfless actions in the face of the enemy were instrumental to the battalion in support of Operation ENDURING FREECOM X. Sergeant Ingledue's performance reflects great credit upon himself, Task Force ROCK, Task Force MOUNTAIN WARRIOR, and the United States Army, Sky Soldiers.

On the morning of 25 April 2010, 2d Platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2-503d (ABN), conducted a mountain insertion into an enemy stronghold in Marawara District, Kunar Province, Afghanistan in support of Operation MOUNTAIN REACH II. Sergeant Ingledue was a team leader during the operation, leading a dismounted route clearance team. Due to the increased IED threat, Sergeant Ingledue led an IED clearance team on the road out in front of the convoy. His effective route clearance secured the only route in and out of the objective on the valley floor. At 1118L, a volley of effective machine gun fire and RPG's hit the front of the convoy and Sergeant Ingledue's route clearance team. The enemy was spread out among four well established fighting positions to the North and East, ranging from distances of 200m and 700m. With the start of the enemy ambush, Sergeant Ingledue instantaneously led his men to cover while eliminating several enemy insurgents with his M4 and AT-4 rocket. With complete disregard for his personal safety, he moved 50 meters in the open in order to get back to his team and guide them to cover. After consolidating his team, he moved them back to the trucks and began giving effective firing commands to his M2 gunner. As the convoy began to move forward and push through the kill zone, the second vehicle of the convoy, an Afghan National Army vehicle, stopped, preventing the convoy from moving out of the kill zone. The ANA soldier driving the vehicle exited the vehicle and crawled into a ditch. Staff Sergeant Ricardo Chinchilla's vehicle, which was lead in the convoy, kept on moving forward and began to draw effective fire from a second ambush position. Staff Sergeant Chinchilla's vehicle became stranded and separated from the convoy with the rest of the Platoon static in the kill zone because of the abandoned ANA vehicle. Going above and beyond the call of duty, Sergeant Ingledue exited his armored vehicle in the middle of the convoy and moved out in the open to get to the ANA vehicle. With complete disregard for his own safety, he drove the soft skinned Ford Ranger through enemy fires and moved it to the side of the road. He then linked up with Staff Sergeant Chinchilla and assisted with suppressing the enemy until the rest of the Platoon moved out of the kill zone. Once in a security position in the village of Sangam, Sergeant Ingledue personally thwarted countless attacks on the position with his own weapon system and others. He repeatedly used a M320 grenade launcher to stop a maneuvering enemy element from over running the position. Acting once again without regard to his own safety, he exposed himself in order to re-supply the Platoon with ammunition. On 25 April 2010, Sergeant Ingledue's actions embodied what it means to be a Sky Soldier. He went above and beyond the call of duty with complete disregard for his own safety, in order to complete the mission. His courageous acts and decisive action without order were under the most extreme circumstances and contributed to saving the lives of 2d Platoon Paratroopers. His actions and performance greatly affected the outcome of the battle and Blacksheep's success. Without his actions, the Platoon and Company would have experienced a mass casualty event.

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