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Thursday, December 5, 2019

HN(FMF) Matthew Dishmon (3/6) awarded Bronze Star

HN(FMF) Matthew Dishmon Awarded Bronze Star

HN (FMF) Matthew Dishmon (3/6) was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat Distinguishing Device this afternoon for his actions in Marjah, Afghnaistan on 1 July 2010. Despite the presence of acurate enemy fire, HN Dishmon retrieved the fallen Marine who had been struck by gunfire and worked for 40 minutes in complete darkness, administering bandages, needle decompression and IV fluids before the arrival of the evacuation helicopter. HN Dishmon is 20 years old and has been in the Navy for two years.

The Citation Reads:

For heroic achievement in connection with combat operations against the enemy while serving as Corpsman, 4th Squad, 3d Platoon, Company I, 3d Battalion, 6th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 7, 1st Marine Division (Forward), 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) Afghanistan, on 1 July 2010 in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.

When Hospitalman Dishmon’s squad was conducting a dismounted security patrol in northern Marjah, they came under a heavy barrage of medium machine gun fire from a series of dug-in enemy fighting positions. One of the Marines was shot in the back and fell immobile in the line of enemy fire. Despite accurate enemy fire, Hospitalman Dishmon ran across 25 meters of open terrain to assist the fallen Marine. With tracers passing inches from him, he dragged the casualty to the cover of an irrigation ditch and began administering aid.

He quickly applied pressure dressings and administered two needle decompressions to his chest. He was able to keep the Marine from suffering severe trauma to both lungs and stabilized him for more than 40 minutes until the medical evacuation helicopter arrived. Miraculously, he was able to do this while taking heavy enemy fire and working in total darkness. Upon the helicopter’s arrival, he assisted in carrying the casualty 100 meters to reach the landing zone.

His complete disregard for his own safety and outstanding medical proficiency in the midst of an intense and sustained firefight undoubtedly saved the life of a severely wounded Marine, despite two collapsed lungs and the loss of half of his blood. By his extraordinary guidance, zealous initiative, and total dedication to duty, Hospitalman Dishmon reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

 

Congratulations from Corpsman.com to a true “DOC” Hero!
You can also listen to us discuss HN Dishmon on the current Podcast of AOTC #104 here:  AOTC #104 “PSY-OPS”

Comments

15 Responses to “HN(FMF) Matthew Dishmon (3/6) awarded Bronze Star”
  1. Chryslercordoba79 says:

    I went to field med with that guy….this story doesnt surprise me one bit, he’s an outstanding corpsman and I am privilaged to have known him! HOORAH DOC!

  2. Da_Chief says:

    I agree and better yet he’s a “Humble” Hero..

  3. Jasbrian17 says:

    Went to Field Med with this guy he’s always been motivated

  4. Linrathmann says:

    kudos..such bravery for a young man.

  5. Mick W8DMZ says:

    Congrats brother, from a ‘nam medic … you earned it, you WEAR it proudly!!! THANK YOU and all medics for your honorable service … it is very inspiring, and humbles me to no end.

  6. C Falslev says:

    Same unit, same company, ten years diference…Semper Fi Doc!!

  7. Davidthomas2587 says:

    i did the same thing he did and only got a NAM with valor, i was put in for the bronze star and it got bumped down.

  8. former infantry Marine says:

    These awards are put in for by the command you serve with, based upon their observations and reports. It also has everything to do with how well you’re perceived by the command, both in and out of deployment. nnWould your post have been perceived in a more positive light to have said, “congratulations shipmate”, as opposed to coveting what others have done and sullying this Sailor’s bravo zulu? nWhen you’re focus is all about awards, you’ve lost touch with: nn”I hold the care of the sick and injured to be a privilege and a sacred trust … I shall do all within my power to show in myself an example of all that is honorable and good …” What are ‘you’ showing in yourself, here, with your post?nnI can assure you, it’s not about awards, as anyone whose earned membership into this fraternity can attest .. it’s about saving lives .. and holding that as a sacred trust! nn”do what you’ve always done .. get what you’ve always received”nnTo HN Dishmon, well done, bravo zulu, you’ve upheld the highest traditions of the Hospital Corps. Congratulations.n

  9. former infantry Marine says:

    These awards are put in for by the command you serve with, based upon their observations and reports. It also has everything to do with how well you’re perceived by the command, both in and out of deployment. nnWould your post have been perceived in a more positive light to have said, “congratulations shipmate”, as opposed to coveting what others have done and sullying this Sailor’s bravo zulu? nWhen you’re focus is all about awards, you’ve lost touch with: nn”I hold the care of the sick and injured to be a privilege and a sacred trust … I shall do all within my power to show in myself an example of all that is honorable and good …” What are ‘you’ showing in yourself, here, with your post?nnI can assure you, it’s not about awards, as anyone whose earned membership into this fraternity can attest .. it’s about saving lives .. and holding that as a sacred trust! nn”do what you’ve always done .. get what you’ve always received”nnTo HN Dishmon, well done, bravo zulu, you’ve upheld the highest traditions of the Hospital Corps. Congratulations.n

  10. Winger says:

    As a Marine dad I would like to not only commend Corpsman Dishmon but all Navy Corpsman who risk their lives every day so that all our boys have a fighting chance to come home. Even without knowing him personally, I would bet that Corpsman Dishmon feels that he has accepted that Bronze Star on behalf of all sailors who have saved so many over the years. As a Patriot Guard Rider I have stood for far too many who could not be saved, but I will always know that many more have come home alive because of the work you all do. Thank you all for your service and congratulations Corpsman Dishmon.

  11. Joelouis821 says:

    take your NAM and be happy, many more have recieved nothing but a pat on the back for thier actions. Except of course for the personal satisfaction of knowing that they did everything they could to save a wounded Marine. If you need any more reward than that, go find a new job.

  12. Da_Chief says:

    I totally agree with Joe. Thanks for the comment!

  13. Da_Chief says:

    Thanks Winger.. (MARINE FATHER). it’s what we do.

  14. Dark_kings says:

    Went to field med with this guy. Life pans out in excellent ways.

  15. 1nce_an_HM says:

    “I dedicate my heart, mind, and strength to the work before me.” HM(FMF) Dishmon is a true hero!