Aubrey L. McDade Jr.
United States Marine Corps (retired)
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Aubrey enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in November 1999, after graduating from Western Hills High School in Fort Worth, Texas. His 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.
On the night of November 11, 2004, during the Second Battle of Fallujah, McDade was a Machine Gun Squad Leader with 1st Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, attached at the time to the Regimental Combat Team 7 (RCT 7), 1st Marine Division when his squad was attacked and pinned down by small arms and machine gun fire in an alley and three United States Marines were injured.
While under heavy small arms and machine gun fire, Aubrey quickly rushed to the front of his squad, directed machine gun fire at the attackers, and rescued two of the wounded Marines, one at a time. A third Marine was killed in the attack and his body was recovered by Aubrey. He was originally awarded the Silver Star for his action; the award was subsequently upgraded to the Navy Cross.
On January 19, 2007, Aubrey was presented with the Navy Cross: the United States military's second-highest decoration awarded for valor in combat. On January 23, 2007, He was the guest of First Lady Laura Bush at the State of the Union Address.