Staff Sgt. Charles M. Evers, a platoon sergeant with 3rd Battalion, 5thMarine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6, was awarded the Silver StarMedal during an evening ceremony here, Nov. 23, by Gen. James T. Conway,the 34th commandant of the Marine Corps.Evers, a native of Lewiston, Idaho, was presented the award for his actionsagainst insurgents during Operation Iraqi Freedom while serving as platooncommander with third platoon, Company I, 3rd Battalion, 5th MarineRegiment, Regimental Combat Team 5, I Marine Expeditionary Force Forwardduring June, 2006.On June 8, 2006, Evers’ platoon endured a four-day assault on theirobservation post when enemy forces attempted to close in on his Marinesfrom three different directions. Due to Evers’ combat leadership, theMarines held their position and defeated the attacks.With disregard to his own safety, Evers valiantly maneuvered through enemymachine gun and small arm fire to assess enemy positions and direct hisplatoon’s fire.The fighting positions constructed under Evers’ leadership and supervisionprotected his Marines’ lives while holding up against a barrage of rocketpropelled grenades, thousands of small arm fire rounds and a vehicle borneimprovised explosion device detonation.Evers’ decisive actions to coordinate fire superiority with his platoon andemploy air support and tank fire overwhelmed his enemy allowing his Marinesvictory.Conway pinned the medal on Evers with a smile, a firm handshake andapplauding the warrior’s achievement.Evers’ gave a few short words about his accomplishment.“I was just doing my job,” said Evers. “I’m proud of my Marines. I led themand they did their job.”The Silver Star is the nation’s third-highest award, after the Medal ofHonor and the Navy Cross, respectively.
As my friend Kev says 'no matter how good your officers are without good NCOs your unit sucks'