Aubrey McDade

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Aubrey Leon McDade Jr.
McDade in 2007
Born (1981-07-29) July 29, 1981 (age 42)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch U.S. Marine Corps
Years of service1999–2019
Rank Gunnery sergeant[1]
Unit1st Battalion, 8th Marines
Battles/warsGlobal War on Terrorism
AwardsNavy Cross
Navy Achievement Medal
Combat Action Ribbon
Navy Unit Commendation
Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal
Iraq Campaign Medal
Humanitarian Service Medal
Global War On Terrorism Service Medal
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

Aubrey Leon McDade Jr. (born July 29, 1981) is a retired United States Marine who was awarded the Navy Cross for his actions in the Iraq War, in which he rescued two U.S. Marines during an enemy ambush during the Second Battle of Fallujah, in November 2004.[2][3] He is the fifteenth U.S. Marine to receive the Navy Cross in the Global War on Terrorism.

Early life and education[edit]

McDade enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in November 1999, after graduating from Western Hills High School in Fort Worth, Texas.


McDade in November 2004.

McDade's first tour of duty in the Iraq War was from March 2003, to October 2003. He returned to Iraq for a second deployment from June 2004 through February 2005.

Second Battle of Fallujah[edit]

On the night of November 11, 2004, during the Second Battle of Fallujah, McDade was a machine gun squad leader with 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, attached at the time to the Regimental Combat Team 7 (RCT 7) when his squad was attacked and pinned down by small arms and machine gun fire in an alley that injured three Marines. McDade, in the rear, rushed to the front of his squad to direct machine gun fire at the attackers. Under fire, McDade then rescued two of the wounded Marines, one at a time. The third Marine was killed in the attack and his body was recovered. McDade was originally awarded the Silver Star for his action; the award was subsequently upgraded to the Navy Cross.[4]

Navy Cross[edit]

On January 19, 2007, Staff Sergeant McDade was presented with the Navy Cross during a recruit graduation ceremony at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island where he served as a drill instructor for 1st Recruit Training Battalion, Charlie Company.

On January 23, 2007, SSgt. McDade was the guest of First Lady Laura Bush at the State of the Union Address.[5]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "UNSUNG HEROES: The Marine Who Carried 3 Men Out of Harm's Way Under Heavy Fire". 30 July 2015.
  2. ^ Department of Defense, Heroes in the War on Terror.
  3. ^ "Hometown Hero—Sgt. Aubrey McDade Jr". WTOC11. January 19, 2007. Archived from the original on December 30, 2009. Retrieved January 24, 2007.
  4. ^ Yount, Beaufort Gazette, January 20, 2007.
  5. ^ "Guest List for the First Lady's Box at the 2007 State of the Union Speech" (Press release). The White House. Retrieved 2007-01-24.


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