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MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (4/14/2011) – Four Marines with 1st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 7th Engineer Support Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 1, 1st Marine Logistics Group, were recognized and honored during an award ceremony here, March 30. 
USMC Master Sgt. Daniel L. Fedder
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Wife, Ignacia Perkins and son, Micah, accept the Bronze Star Medal with combat distinguishing device for Staff Sgt. Adam Perkins, during an award ceremony on Camp Pendleton, Calif., March 30, 2011. Photo by USMC Cpl. Shannon McMillan
Wife, Ignacia Perkins and son, Micah, accept the Bronze Star Medal for Staff Sgt. Adam Perkins, during an award ceremony on Camp Pendleton, Calif. on March 30, 2011. Photo by USMC Cpl. Shannon McMillan

Sgt. William R. Ziervogel, 36, from Mesa, Ariz., assistant team leader, 1st platoon, 1st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 7th Engineer Support Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 1, 1st Marine Logistics Group, receives the Bronze Star Medal during an award ceremony on Camp Pendleton, Calif. on March 30, 2011. Photo by USMC Cpl. Shannon McMillan
Sgt. William R. Ziervogel, 36, from Mesa, Ariz., assistant team leader, 1st platoon, 1st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 7th Engineer Support Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 1, 1st Marine Logistics Group, receives the Bronze Star Medal during an award ceremony on Camp Pendleton, Calif. on March 30, 2011. Photo by USMC Cpl. Shannon McMillan
Master Sgt. Daniel L. Fedder, a platoon sergeant with First Platoon, 1st EOD Company, was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal with combat distinguishing device for heroic actions while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. The award was accepted by his wife, Diana Fedder.

According to the award citation, Fedder's courage, professionalism and strong leadership contributed to the mobility and operational tempo of Regimental Combat Team 2 and the British 40 commando's area of operations within Helmand province, Afghanistan. His countless acts of valor were routinely displayed while responding to, rendering safe and disposing of more than 25 improvised explosive devices throughout the area of operations for two separate units.

On Aug. 27, 2010, while disarming an IED under smallarms fire, Fedder, 34, native of Pine City, Minn., was mortally wounded by a premature detonation.

“Dan was a mentor and a leader,” said Chief Warrant Officer John Hermann, operations officer, 1st EOD Company. “Everyone had admiration for him and his dedication to his community and the Marine Corps.”

He was respected up and down the chain of command, said Hermann, 33, from Tuson, Ariz.

Staff Sgt. Adam Perkins, explosive ordnance disposal technician, 1st Platoon, 1st EOD Company, was also posthumously awarded the Bronze Star Medal with combat distinguishing device for heroic actions. Perkins' wife, Ignacia and son, Micah, accepted the award in honor of the EOD technician.

According to the award citation, on May 17, 2010, Perkins, 27, from Antelope, Calif., was mortally wounded by a premature detonation while disarming an IED while at the same time under enemy small-arms fire. His decisive leadership contributed to the overall success of 1st EOD Company's mission in support of 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division (Forward) as they assumed Musa Qa'leh, Afghanistan, into their area of operation.

“He will be greatly missed,” said Hermann. “The platoon was always his first priority, and he was always willing to help those who needed it.”

Both Marines were highly respected members of 1st EOD, said Hermann.

“Top Fedder and Perkins definitely deserved being recognized for their dedication,” said Sgt. William R. Ziervogel, assistant team leader, 1st platoon, 1st EOD Company. “They were very close friends of mine.”

Ziervogel, 36, Mesa, Ariz, was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with combat distinguishing device for heroic actions while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

According to the award citation, on May 17, 2010, Ziervogel and his team leader responded to a cordon of four IEDs near a patrol base. As his team leader began working on disarming the first IED, Ziervogel began sweeping for secondary devices when a device triggered the explosives seriously injuring his team leader. Despite being 10 meters from the blast and witnessing the injuries suffered by his team leader and friend, Ziervogel immediately took charge and instructed all personnel to remain in place until he cleared the  area. His actions permitted the corpsmen to safely approach the critically wounded Marine. Ziervogel continued to sweep a path and clear a landing zone even as the patrol was engaged in a fire fight.

“I was only doing my job,” said Ziervogel, “minimize further casualties and
take care of the Marines who are injured.” 

Along with most of the explosive ordnance disposal specialist, Ziervogel became an EOD technician to help his brothers in arms.

“I wanted to save lives, not to take them away,” he said.

Another Marine was also recognized for his actions while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Staff Sgt. Adam C. Roberts, explosive ordnance disposal technician, EOD detachment, Combat Logistics Regiment 11, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, was awarded the Purple Heart Medal for wounds suffered from an IED blast when he was with 1st EOD Company, 7th ESB, 1st MLG (FWD).

On May 17, 2010, while responding to a request for assistance
in the vicinity of Patrol Base Salaam Bazaar, Roberts and a fellow Marine were wounded when they struck an IED.

After recieving the medal, Roberts sees this as an opportunity to remember times of hardship and the Marines he deployed with.

“It's recognition for the tough times of last year and for those who didn't make it back to the States.” said Roberts, 25 from Whitesville, Ky. 

By USMC Cpl. Shannon McMillan
1st Marine Logistics Group Public Affairs
Copyright 2011

Reprinted from Marine Corps News

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