Lance Corporal Nicholas Kirven

May 08, 2005
Bronze Star w/V

For heroic achievement in connection with combat operations against the enemy while serving as 3d Fire Team Leader, 2d Squad, 2d Platoon, Company K, 3d Battalion, 3d Marines, Combined Joint Task Force-76 in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM in Afghanistan. On 8 May 2005, while conducting security patrols in the Mayl Valley, Alishang District and Laghman Province, Lance Corporal Kirven’s squad became the assault element in the counter-attack against an Al Qaeda and Associated Movement ambush position. While leading his fire team and closing with the enemy under the cover of close air support, Lance Corporal Kirven had at least one confirmed enemy kill with his M203 40mm Grenade Launcher. Upon closing with the enemy position and while conducting a search of an enemy body, Lance Corporal Kirven and a fellow Marine noticed movement in a fortified cave just ten meters from their position. With little regard for his personal safety, Lance Corporal Kirven valiantly assaulted the position to clear it of enemy personnel. In the process, Lance Corporal Kirven received multiple wounds from enemy automatic small arms fire and fragmentation grenades. Lance Corporal Kirven continued to fire at the enemy until overcome by his wounds. By his zealous initiative, courageous actions, and exceptional dedication to duty, Lance Corporal Kirven reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.