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Specialist Ross A. McGinnis

 
 
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By Don Morfe, July 12, 2010
1. The Infantry Honors Marker
Inscription.
The Infantry Honors
Specialist Ross A. McGinnis
1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Division
Medal of Honor
Operation Iraqi Freedom
14 June 2009
Specialist Ross A. McGinnis distinguished himself by acts of gallantry, and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action with an armed enemy in Adhamiyah, Northeast Baghdad, Iraq, on 4 December 2006. On that day, his platoon was conducting combat control operations in an effort to reduce and control sectarian violence in the area. While Specialist McGinnis was manning his M2 .50-caliber Machine Gun, a fragmentation grenade thrown by an insurgent fell through the gunner’s hatch into his vehicle. Reacting quickly, he yelled “grenade,” allowing all four members of his crew to prepare for the grenade’s blast. Then, rather than leaping from the gunner’s hatch to safety, Specialist McGinnis made the courageous decision to protect his crew. In a selfless act of bravery in which he was mortally wounded, Specialist McGinnis covered the live grenade, pinning it between his boot and the vehicle and absorbing most of the explosion.

Specialist McGinnis gallant action directly saved four men from certain serious injury or death. Specialist McGinnis’ extraordinary heroism and selflessness at the cost of his own life, above and beyond the call of duty,
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By Don Morfe, July 12, 2010
2. The Infantry Honors Marker
are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, and the First Infantry Division “Big Red One”, and the United States Army. Specialist McGinnis trained to be an infantry soldier at Fort Benning, Georgia with the 1st Battalion, 19th Infantry Regiment.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
 
Location. 32° 23.364′ N, 84° 57.312′ W. Marker is in Columbus, Georgia, in Muscogee County. Click for map. The Marker is on the outside wall, near the entrance to the National Infantry Museum at Fort Benning GA. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1775 Legacy Way, Columbus GA 31903, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dwight David Eisenhower (approx. 1.5 miles away); "Riverside" (approx. 1.5 miles away); Post Headquarters -- JAG (approx. 1.6 miles away); Fort Benning - Station Hospital / National Infantry Museum (approx. 1.7 miles away); Fort Benning / Fort Benning Military Reservation (approx. 1.7 miles away); Gowdy Field (approx. 1.7 miles away); China Gate (approx. 1.8 miles away); "Torch Hill" (approx. 1.8 miles away).
 
Categories. War, 2nd Iraq
 
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By Don Morfe, July 12, 2010
3. The Infantry Honors Marker
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By Don Morfe, October 5, 2008
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Ross McGinnis is buried in Arlington National Cemetery-Section 60, Site 8544
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 306 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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