USA Patriotism! ... "Showcasing Pride of America"
American Themed Polo Shirts, T-shirts, Jackets, and More!Free Gifts from The Bradford Exchange OnlineAmerican Pride: Poems Honoring America and Her Patriots! by David G. BancroftWaking Dreams by David G. Bancroft

Help The Independence Fund's effort to provide special hi-tech wheel chairs for wounded warriors who are missing both arms and legs or paralyzed ... It is strongly supported by Bill O'Reilly.

USO

Operation Homefront

National Veterans Museum
Home | America's Birth | Articles | Charities | Graphics | Great Patriots | Heroes | Honor Halls
Music | Photos | Poems | Quotes | Reference | Speeches | Stars for Troops | Stories | Students
Videos | About | Contact | Submit | Donate | Banners | Partners | CureNow | American Beacon
USA Patriotism! RSS Feed ... Where links and information on new content is added daily. RSS | New Content | Press
Join / Like the USA Patriotism! Facebook pageUSA Store! ... over 1,000 American / Patriotic themed gift products at USA Patriotism!

God's Gory Blible

Join USA Patriotism! at Google+
USA Patriotism! YouTube Channel

Brent Morel
Recipient of the "Cross"
2nd Highest Military Honor

AIT Web Hosting and Domains ... Veteran Supported

 

Brent Morel - Navy Cross RecipientKilled In Action Faced with continual enemy fire from more than 50 insurgents, Capt. Brent L. Morel - by all accounts a "Marine's Marine" - led an assault across an open field with a handful of Marines following closely behind.

Where most would be looking for cover, Morel's assault was aimed at saving others - not himself - according to battlefield accounts.

Consequently, Morel, a platoon commander with 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, posthumously received the Navy Cross - the Department of the Navy's second-highest award for combat valor – May 21, 2005, during a ceremony that drew hundreds at the Marine Forces Reserve Training Center.

It was the second Navy Cross awarded in less than two months to a 1st Recon Bn. Marine for combat actions April 7, 2004, during the first offensive in Fallujah as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The two awards are among nine Navy Crosses awarded to U.S. servicemembers for heroism during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Morel's award was presented to his wife, Amy. "Although I would rather have him receive the award in person, I am glad to see that his brave actions did not go unnoticed," Amy said, clutching the medal in her hand.

Sgt. Willie L. Copeland III and several other Marines who fought alongside Morel that day were on hand for the presentation.

"That was the type of Marine Morel was - he led from the front," said Copeland, a team leader with 2nd Platoon, Company B, 1st Recon Bn, which Morel commanded. "He was a personal mentor of mine, so I was constantly trying to obtain knowledge from him any way I could."

Morel's self-sacrifice came as no surprise, Copeland said. "No medal or award can make up for the loss of a good Marine, but as a recon Marine, (Morel) knew that his life was on the line every day - and he was always proud of it," Copeland added.

Although Morel, 27, of Martin, Tenn., had been in the recon community for only a short amount of time, he made his mark among an elite crowd, Copeland said.

The award honored a "man amongst giants," said Mike Morel, Brent's father.

Also during the ceremony -- held at Morel’s very first unit after completing boot camp--- a life-like bronze bust of Morel in his helmet and protective vest was unveiled.

"The statue looked so real, right down to the scar he got while he was in boot camp," said Molly Morel, Brent's mother.

The statue will be placed in the library at Morel’s alma mater, the University of Tennessee at Martin.

"The library is where me and my husband met, so it is only fitting that his statue be kept there to inspire those who pass it by," Amy said.

Excerpts from article by Lance Cpl. Miguel A. Carrasco Jr.,
MCB Camp Pendleton, May 21, 2005

Cross Recipients | Medal of Honor Recipients | Heroes | More Tributes
USA Store! ... over 1,000 American / Patriotic themed gift products at USA Patriotism!Americana Apparel ... all types of USA themed shirts, other clothing, and more!American Pride: Poems Honoring America and Her Patriots! by David G. Bancroft
 

Military Items

Marines | Army
Air Force |
Navy
Coast Guard

Charities supported by USA Patriotism! with links to them on all its pages.
USO  Operation Homefront  Fallen Heroes Fund  Wounded Warrior Project Independence Fund National Veterans Museum
American Legion Silver Star Families Gary Sinise Foundation The Journey Home Project Honor and Remember NMFA

Bookmark and Share
Join / Like the USA Patriotism! Facebook page

Join USA Patriotism! at Goole+

Home | America's Birth | ArticlesCharities | Graphics | Great Patriots | Heroes | Honor Halls | Music | Photos
Poems | Quotes | Reference | Speeches | Stars | Stories | Student Patriots |
Thoughts | Videos
About |
New Content | Contact | Banners | CureNow | Partners | Press | Privacy


Search USA Patriotism!

 

Copyright 2002 - 2016 USA Patriotism!