|The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the
BRONZE STAR MEDAL (posthumously) to
LANCE CORPORAL ROGER W. DEEDS
UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
for service as set forth in the following
For heroic achievement in connection with combat operations against the enemy as Machinegun Team Leader, Company F, Battalion Landing Team, 2/1, 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Regimental Combat Team 2, 2d Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM 04-06 from 5 to 16 November 2005 in AI Anbar Province, Iraq. During Operation STEEL CURTAIN, Lance Corporal Deeds led his team in providing over-watch of urban assaults while clearing more than 600 buildings through Husaybah, Karabilah, and New Ubaydi. On 16 November, while attempting to clear New Ubaydi, 2d Platoon was engaged by enemy frontal and flanking machinegun and grenade fire from four mutually supporting positions. Upon enemy contact, and without regard for his safety, Lance Corporal Deeds maneuvered twenty meters forward under enemy fire, established a firing position, and suppressed the enemy with machinegun fire. Upon learning 2d Platoon had sustained severe casualties within the enemy's strongpoint, he launched a recovery effort. Again, without regard for his safety, he assaulted thirty meters under fire and through the enemy's kill zones to secure and render aid to the embattled Marines. Lance Corporal Deeds provided first aid and security for the wounded Marines before being mortally wounded. By his zealous initiative, courageous actions, and exceptional dedication to duty, Lance Corporal Deeds reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
With combat distinguishing device.
For the President,
LIEUTENANT GENERAL, U. S. MARINE CORPS
COMMANDER, U. S. MARINE CORPS FORCES, CENTRAL COMMAND