Marine Receives Purple Heart After Surviving Mortar Attack in July 2018

first published on August 3, 2018 by

A Marine Lance Corporal from 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in a mortar attack while operating in a non-disclosed location.

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Photo courtesy of the United States Marine Corps and Lance Cpl. Dave Flores

Marine Lance Corporal Dillon Bennett received the Purple Heart for injuries he received while conducting combat operations with Marines from 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines in July of 2018. The award, which is the Nation’s oldest military decoration, is the only decoration awarded without regard to any person’s favor or approval as it is awarded to service members who are wounded during combat operations exclusively.

Information about the location the Marine received his wounds is still undisclosed at this time, but the occurrence and declassification of the Marine’s award, along with the statement released by the unit’s public affairs office does indicate a clear statement that Marines from 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines are currently involved in active combat operations somewhere in the world. In the statement that was made public, the following story was told about how the Marine received his wounds, “After extinguishing an anti-tank missile man, Bennett and his squad of Marines were ordered to fire another missile. While on his way to retrieve the missile, Bennett was struck by a mortar round. According to Bennett, he doesn’t recall anything after the blast but he was informed by his fellow Marines that he got up, grabbed the missile and brought it back to finish the fire mission.”

Bennett, a machine gunner with 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, was awarded the Purple Heart on July 27, 2018 by Marine Col. Kyle B. Ellison, commanding officer, 7th Marine Regiment, aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms with his family present. “Receiving the award was a humbling experience,” Bennett said. “Even though I don’t remember what happened, I am glad that my body and ‘warrior’ instincts kicked in along with my training. This whole experience has really brought me down to Earth.”

Lance Corporal Bennett, we wish you a speedy recovery. To the Marines of 3/7, stay safe out there.

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