Department of the Navy Honors Pentagon Heroes

Story Number: NNS011227-06Release Date: 12/27/2001 9:19:00 AM
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By Jerome W. Mapp, Navy News Service

Washington (NNS) -- Eighty-five Department of the Navy
uniformed and civilian personnel, who distinguished
themselves following the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the
Pentagon, were honored Dec. 17 for their bravery and

Secretary of the Navy Gordon R. England, Chief of Naval
Operations Adm. Vern Clark, and Assistant Commandant of the
Marine Corps Gen. Michael J. Williams hosted the awards
ceremony in the Pentagon Center Courtyard, exactly where some
of the heroes stepped forward Sept. 11.

The Sailors, Marines and civilian workers were honored
for battling fires ignited when the hijacked airliner crashed
into the Pentagon, and for rescuing those trapped in the
ensuing inferno created by the blast. Some were decorated for
wounds received in the attack.

England pinned on medals and handed out award
certificates to the heroes, as family members, friends and
co-workers looked on from an audience that included a sea of
Sailors, Marines and civilian guests.

"Today we are here to honor the naval men and women whose
acts of courage, bravery and disregard for their own safety
became the first acts of defiance against the enemies of
freedom," praised England during the ceremony. "When the
Pentagon became a combat zone, your honor, courage and
commitment rose to the fore!"

The Navy leaders presented nine different categories of
awards during the ceremony. Twenty-one received the Navy and
Marine Corps Medal for saving lives. This award is one of the
highest non-combat awards for heroism the Department of
Defense presents.

One Sailor received the second of his career for life-
saving heroics. Seven civilians also received various awards
for their actions and contributions that day.

Four Sailors received the Purple Heart, and two
Department of the Navy civilians received the Defense of
Freedom Medal, the civilian equivalent of the Purple Heart.

"When faced with the very real challenge of the defense
of our nation, these shipmates responded heroically," said

"Their actions and professionalism speak volumes about
the quality of people we have throughout the Department of
the Navy."

The list of DoN personnel receiving awards is as follows:

Navy And Marine Corps Medal
Capt. George P. Croy
Capt. Mark E. Kosnik,
Capt. David M. Thomas
Cmdr. George M. Lancaster
Cmdr. Samuel Perez
Cmdr. Craig D. Powell
Cmdr. Donald A. Schmieley
Cmdr. Hugh D. Wetherald
Lt. Cmdr. Charles Capets
Lt. Cmdr. David A. Tarantino Jr.
Lt. Olin M. Sell
Chief Yeoman John T. Krauss
Gunnery Sgt. James Mceniry
Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Steven G. Gully
Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Jason M.
Lhuillier Operations Specialist 2nd Class Roberto Paz
Operations Specialist 2nd Class Jason W. Rakowski
Quartermaster 2nd Class Christopher T. Suggs
Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Kenyatta Jackson
Lance Cpl. Dustin P. Schuetz
Lance Cpl. Michael Vera
Yeoman Seaman Cean E. Whitmarsh

Purple Heart
Cmdr. Charles E. Coughlin
Cmdr. Robert N. Greenberg
Yeoman 2nd Class Charles Lewis
Information Systems Technician Seaman Sarah M. Cole

Defense of Freedom Medal
Jarrell N. Henson
Amy E. Fowler

Superior Public Service Award
Stephen Hoerst
Kim Scott
Georgios Sekeroglou

Superior Civilian Service Award
George Axiotis
Alphonso W. Moore
Natalie Ogletree

Meritorious Service Medal
Capt. Loren V. Heckleman
Cmdr. Charles E. Coughlin
Cmdr. John F. Kieffer
Cmdr. George E. Navas
Cmdr. James M. Spence
Lt. j.g. William Parks
Information Systems Technician 2nd Class Steven G. Gully
Information Systems Technician 3rd Class Jesse G. Polasek

Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medal
Capt. John Feerick
Capt. Stephen Frost
Capt. Philip W. Grandfield
Capt. Dennis J. Kern
Capt. Judy A. Logeman
Capt. Thornwell F. Rush
Capt. Kenneth K. Seen
Capt. Jane F. Viera
Capt. James W. Wise
Cmdr. McWilliam V. Bollman
Cmdr. Donald H.B. Braswell
Cmdr. Jeffrey S. Jones
Cmdr. Edward D. Langford
Cmdr. Randall J. Lescault
Cmdr. John M. Uhl
Cmdr. Karl J. Van Deusen
Cmdr. James R. Yohe
Lt. Cmdr. Nelson C. Castro
Lt. Cmdr. Robert B. Chadwick
Lt. Cmdr. James J. Malloy
Lt. Cmdr. Alan F. Nordholm
Lt. Cmdr. Dale C. Rielage
Lt. Cmdr. James. F. Skarbek
Lt. Cmdr. Michael W. Way
Lt. Shaun. A. Chittick
Lt. Kelly D. Ennis
Lt. Gregory E. Goodman
Lt. Megan J. Humbert
Marine Capt. Matthew E. Sutton
Lt. Thomas P. Wypyski
Lt. j.g. Laura L. Mallory
Chief Cryptolic Technician Sheryl A. Alleger
Chief Hospital Corpsman Raymond D. Hamilton
Gunnery Sgt. Matthew Malnichuck
Gunnery Sgt. McClelland
Staff Sgt. Ronald Mix
Sgt. Tim A. Chambers
Sgt. Michael K. Farrington
Yeoman 2nd Class Kevin W. Hazelwood
Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Jeremy Wilkinson
Cpl. Garret B. Bliss

Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal
Lt. Cmdr. Joseph Listopad
Chief Yeoman Alrich M. Davis
Chief Mess Specialist Antonia Lopez
Chief Yeoman Richard A. Matthews Jr.
Information Systems Technician Seaman Sarah M. Cole

Navy Letter of Commendation
Capt. Arthur R. Miller
Cmdr. Ronald D. Luka
Cmdr. Kevin L. Magnusson
Cmdr. Thomas J. Sawyer
Lt. Cmdr. David A. Lemek
Lt. Gregory E. Goodman
Yeoman 2nd Class Alexander E. Magee

For more information on the Secretary of the Navy or the
Chief of Naval information, go to, select
"Navy Organization," then select the appropriate link.

Casualty List
010913-N-5636P-002 Washington, D.C. (Sept. 13, 2001) -- The Honorable Gordon R. England, Secretary of the Navy, and Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Vern Clark, released the number and names of Navy servicemen and Navy civilan support personnel who lost their lives at the Pentagon. The Navy has reported forty-two of the one hundred and ninety personnel killed at the Pentagon were Navy personnel and civilians assigned to Navy departments. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Photographer's Mate Dolores L. Parlato.
December 17, 2001
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