Mote, Sky Russell, SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary MOS
2336-Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician
Last MOSGroup
Ammunition And Explosive Ordnance Disposal
Primary Unit
2009-2012, 2336, Marine Special Operations Regt/1st MSOB
Service Years
2003 - 2012

Staff Sergeant

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by Capt Jason Hartwig (Wig) to remember Marine SSgt Sky Russell Mote.

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Casualty Info
Home Town
El Dorado, California
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Aug 10, 2012
Hostile, Died
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Global War on Terror
Location of Interment
Green Valley Cemetery - Cameron Park, California
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Global War on Terrorism Fallen
  2012, Global War on Terrorism Fallen [Verified]

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 Unit Assignments
Marine Aerial Navigation SchoolSERE School/Brunswick, MEVMGRT-253Marine Special Operations Regt/1st MSOB
  2003-2004, Marine Aerial Navigation School
  2004-2004, SERE School/Brunswick, ME
  2004-2004, VMGRT-253
  2009-2012, 2336, Marine Special Operations Regt/1st MSOB
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2012-2012 Operation Enduring Freedom/OEF-Afghanistan
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Last Known Activity
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The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Staff Sergeant Sky R. Mote, United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving as Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician, Marine Special Operations Team 8133, First Marine Special Operations Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. While conducting village stability operations in Helmand Province on 10 August 2012, the Marine Tactical Operations Center came under automatic small arms fire from a rogue Afghan uniformed policeman attacking from inside the perimeter.  Working in an adjacent room and unseen by the attacker, Staff Sergeant Mote could have exited the structure to safety.  He instead grabbed his M4 rifle and entered the operations room, courageously exposing himself to a hail of gunfire in order to protect his fellow Marines.  In his final act of bravery, he boldly engaged the gunman, now less than five meters in front of him, until falling mortally wounded.  Staff Sergeant Mote's heroic and selfless act assisted in halting the enemy assault and ultimately forced the enemy to withdraw, enabling all but one of the other Marines to get to cover and survive.  By his decisive actions, bold initiative, and complete dedication to duty, Staff Sergeant Mote reflected great credit upon himself and the Marine Corps and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.  Action Date: August 10, 2012

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