CAMP HANSEN, OKINAWA, Japan, Aug. 10, 2007 — Marines and sailors from 3rd Marine Logistics Group’s 9th Engineer Support Battalion gathered at Camp Hansen, Aug. 3, 2007, for an awards ceremony that recognized the service of four of their own who distinguished themselves while serving in Iraq.
Maj. Patrick R. Hittle, the battalion’s executive officer, presented the Bronze Star Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device to Master Gunnery Sgt. Michael C. Sharp, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal to Gunnery Sgt. David E. Oden, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device to Sgt. Roberto C. Martinez and Petty Officer 3rd Class Roland Penzes.
Sharp served in Fallujah as explosive ordnance disposal chief and platoon commander of 3rd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Platoon, 1st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 1st Marine Logistics Group, from April 2006 to February 2007.
According to his award citation, Sharp displayed courage and leadership as he led Marines and soldiers in the neutralization of more than 1,650 improvised explosive devices, the capture of 105 weapons caches, and the disposal of more than 14,360 unexploded ordnance items and 25,000 rounds of small arms ammunition.
On May 30, 2006, he risked his life to disarm an IED, directly reducing potential injury or death to the Marines, sailors and soldiers of the Multi-National Forces West.
Sharp humbly attributed his achievements to the Marines who served under him in Iraq.
“I didn’t really do much,” he said. “It was all my guys.