|CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C., June 30, 2006 — A Marine from 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment was awarded the fourth highest military award within the Department of Defense.
Sgt. Mirza Fejzic, a 22-year-old native of Hackettstown, N.J., was awarded the Bronze Star with combat distinguishing device in a ceremony here, June 22.
He was presented with the award for heroic actions while serving as a squad leader for 3rd Platoon, Company G.
On Oct. 26, 2005, Fejzic and a fire-team from his squad were manning the Iraqi Police station as part of their company’s regular security rotation. The IP station came under heavy fire from approximately 30 insurgents, firing from several different directions.
Fejzic reacted swiftly as bullets and rocket-propelled grenades impacted the building.
“Sgt. Fejzic reacted right away,” said Cpl. Jack E. Smith, the fire-team leader. “We both looked at each other and then he started barking orders, telling people where to go, where to shoot.”
With only five Marines and two Iraqi Army soldiers firing back, Fejzic knew he was severely undermanned. He tried to get the Iraqi Police into the fight, but they protested saying all they had were pistols and the armory holding their rifles was locked.
“I saw him run over and basically kick the door to the armory in trying to get the IPs into the fight, but they still wouldn’t.” said Smith, a 31-year-old native of Tampa, Fla.
Knowing he was dealing with a lost cause, Fejzic concentrated on his Marines and repelling the assault. He raced around the station checking on his Marines, calling for the quick-reaction force and providing suppressing fire.