Marine corporal from Twentynine Palms receives Silver Star for Afghanistan firefight
A Marine corporal from the base at Twentynine Palms has received the Silver Star for bravery during a firefight in Afghanistan in which he is credited with saving the life of a Marine and "enabling his squad to fight through a fierce enemy ambush."
Daniel F. Hickey of North Bend, Ore., was part of a vehicle patrol that was ambushed in August 2008 by insurgents with machine-gun fire and rocket-propelled grenades.
Hickey, a machine gunner, immediately left the vehicle to help a wounded Marine and return fire, according to the Silver Star citation signed by Commandant Gen. James Conway.
"Amidst the renewed enemy onslaught...Hickey knelt in place, sighted in on a machine gun and rocket team, and engaged, killing several fighters as they prepared to engage his patrol," the citation said.
Hickey, who was a lance corporal in 2008, received the medal Friday at Twentynine Palms. "We are here to honor a hero," Lt. Col. John Reed, commander of the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, told the gathering.
The Two-Seven had been sent to Helmand province to mentor Afghan security forces. Instead they ended up in numerous firefights with insurgents.
-- Tony Perry in San Diego
Photo: Cpl. Daniel Hickey. Credit: Cpl. Andrew Avitt