Capt. Brent Morel Navy Cross Presentation             photos


For extraordinary heroism as Platoon Commander, 2nd Platoon, Company B, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, 1 Marine Expeditionary Forces, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Central Command in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom on 7 April 2004. Captain Morel's platoon escorted a convoy into the Al Anbar Province when 40 to 60 insurgents in well-fortified and concealed positions initiated an ambush. Witnessing a rocket-propelled grenade crippling his lead vehicle and while mortar and machine gun fire erupted, he ordered his remaining two vehicles to secure a flanking position. Captain Morel left his vehicle and led a determined assault across an open field and up to a 10 foot berm, in order to maneuver into firing positions. The boldness of his first assault eliminated several insurgents at close range forcing their retreat. Observing his Marines pinned down from enemy fire, Captain Morel left the safety of his position and continued the assault, eliminating the enemy's attack. During this valiant act, he fell mortally wounded by a withering burst of enemy automatic weapons fire. By his outstanding display of decisive leadership, unlimited courage in the face of heavy enemy fire, and utmost devotion to duty, Captain Morel reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

  Photos Courtesy of Mike and Molly Morel