Fonseca, Luis, HM2

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Current Service Status
US Navy Active (FMF)
Current/Last Rank
Hospital Corpsman Second Class Petty Officer
Current/Last Primary MOS
HM-8404-Field Medical Service Technician
Current/Last MOSGroup
Navy (FMF)
Primary Unit
2007-2010, HM-8404, USS Bataan (LHD-5)
Service Years
1999 - Present
Official/Unofficial USMC Certificates
Suez Canal Certificate
Sandbox Sailor Operation Iraqi Freedom

Hospital Corpsman Second Class Petty Officer

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 Official Badges 

Green Belt French Fourragere

 Unofficial Badges 

 Military Association Memberships
Legion Of ValorNorfolk County Historical Society of Chesapeake, VA
  2005, Legion Of Valor [Verified]
  2018, Norfolk County Historical Society of Chesapeake, VA [Verified]

 Additional Information
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Son, Christian, and wife, Maria
May 2009
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WASHINGTON. D.C. 20350-1000

The President of the United States takes pleasure in presenting the NAVY CROSS to



for service as set forth in the following


For extraordinary heroism as Corpsman, Amphibious Assault Vehicle Platoon, Company C, rt Battalion, 2d Marines, Task :Force TARAWA, I Marine Expeditionary Force in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 23 March 2003. During Company C's assault and seizure of the Saddam Canal Bridge, five casualties resulted when an amphibious assault vehicle was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade. Without concern for his own safety, Hospitalman Apprentice Fonseca braved small arms, machine gun, and intense rocket propelled grenade fire to evacuate the wounded Marines from the burning amphibious assault vehicle. Establishing a casualty collection point inside the unit's medical evacuation amphibious assault vehicle, he calmly and methodically stabilized two casualties with lower limb amputations by applying tourniquets and administering morphine. Hospitalman Apprentice Fonseca continued to treat and care for the wounded until his vehicle was rendered immobile by enemy fire. Under a wall of enemy machine gun fire, he directed the movement of four casualties from the damaged vehicle by organizing litter teams from available Marines. He personally carried one critically wounded Marine over open ground to another vehicle. Following a deadly artillery barrage, he again exposed himself to enemy fire to treat wounded Marines along the perimeter.

His timely and effective care undoubtedly saved the lives of numerous casualties. By his outstanding display of decisive leadership, unlimited courage in the face of heavy enemy fire, and utmost devotion to duty, Hospitalman Apprentice Fonseca reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1999, Navy Recruit Training (Great Lakes, IL), 328
 Unit Assignments
Hospital Corps SchoolField Medical Service School2nd Assault Amphibian (Amtrac) Bn  (2nd AAV Bn)1st Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (1/2)
2nd Bn, 8th Marine Regiment (2/8)US Navy/NAVHOSP Camp Lejeune2nd Medical BnUSS Bataan (LHD-5)
  1999-2000, HM-8404, Hospital Corps School
  2000-2000, HM-8404, Field Medical Service School
  2000-2003, HM-8404, 2nd Assault Amphibian (Amtrac) Bn (2nd AAV Bn)
  2003-2003, HM-8404, 1st Bn, 2nd Marine Regiment (1/2)/BLT 1/2
  2003-2004, HM-8404, 2nd Bn, 8th Marine Regiment (2/8)
  2004-2007, HM-8404, US Navy/NAVHOSP Camp Lejeune
  2005-2005, HM-8404, 2nd Medical Bn
  2007-2010, HM-8404, USS Bataan (LHD-5)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  2003-2003 OIF/Liberation of Iraq (2003)/Battle of Nasiriyah
  2003-2014 Operation Enduring Freedom/OEF-Afghanistan
  2004-2005 OIF/Iraqi Governance (2004-05)
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