Mark  Anthony  Wojciechowski  
  Rank, Service
Staff Sergeant E-6,  U.S. Marine Corps
  Veteran of:
U.S. Marine Corps 2002-2009
War on Terrorism 2002-2009
Iraq 2007, 2009 (KIA)

Tony Wojciechowski was born on March 10, 1984, at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on July 8, 2002, and completed basic training at Parris Island, South Carolina, in October 2002. Pvt Wojciechowski next attended Mortarman Infantry Training at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, from September to December 2002, followed by Basic Security Guard training at Chesapeake, Virginia, from January to February 2003. His first assignment was as a Guard at Naval Station Bremerton, Washington, from March 2003 to March 2005, and then as a Mortarman with 1st Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment of the 2d Marine Division at Camp Lejeune from April to October 2005. Sgt Wojciechowski attended Basic Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) training at Eglin AFB, Florida, from October 2005 to August 2006, and then served as an EOD Technician with the 9th Engineer Support Battalion of the 3d Marine Logistics Group at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, from August 2006 to September 2008. During this time he deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from March to September 2007. His next assignment was as an EOD Technician with the 7th Engineer Support Battalion, 1st Marine Logistics Group of I Marine Expeditionary Force at Camp Pendleton, California, from October 2008 to February 2009, and then deployed to Iraq from February 2009 until he was killed in action on April 30, 2009. Tony Wojciechowski was buried at the Mount Moriah Cemetery in Withamsville, Ohio.

His 2nd Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal w/Valor Citation reads:

For heroic achievement while serving as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 2d Marine Logistics Group (Forward), II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) from February 2009 to April 2009 in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM. Staff Sergeant Wojciechowski expertly conducted 33 combat missions, during which he professionally and flawlessly destroyed 1,178 ordnance items with a net explosive weight of over 701 pounds from two enemy weapons caches and one improvised explosive device. On 30 April 2009, Staff Sergeant Wojciechowski responded to an improvised explosive device exposed by coalition forces. While Staff Sergeant Wojciechowski was attempting to neutralize the improvised explosive device, it detonated, mortally wounding him and two other coalition force members. Staff Sergeant Wojciechowski's courageous efforts on an ever-changing battlefield ensured the safety of countless Iraqi Security Force, civilian, and Coalition Force lives throughout Al Anbar Province. Staff Sergeant Wojciechowski's noteworthy accomplishments, perseverance, and devotion to duty reflected great credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

The Combat Distinguishing Device is Authorized.




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