Soldier Supports Charitable Sports Event

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Maj. Jesse Campbell, Current Operations Integrating Cell (412th Theater Engineer Command), participated in a charitable sporting event that benefited The Boy Scouts of America. The Mississippi Steel Challenge Championship served as a fundraiser for the BSA’s Pine Burr Area Council and Camp Tiak.

“My competition goal at this Steel Challenge was to win as many divisions as possible. I competed in six different divisions: Carry Optics, PCC (Pistol Caliber Carbine) Irons, PCC Optics, Rimfire Pistol Irons, Rimfire Rifle Irons, Rimfire Rifle Open,” said Maj. Campbell. “This provided good training to improve speed and efficiency with optics and iron sights in a time-constrained, reactive paced event.”

In addition to supporting a charity, events like this offer training advancement and retention opportunities for all Soldiers, something that Maj. Campbell has been pushing up his chain of command. “In our area, we have CMP (Civilian Marksmanship Program) events, multiple civilian and military shooting ranges, and great shooting weather. I’d like to see better support from the 412th TEC to take advantage of these opportunities,” said Maj. Campbell. “In addition to unit training, I have two TPU Soldiers that I have helped advance to competing in multiple types of action shooting competitions on our own time and expense.”

In addition to supporting a local charity and competing with skilled shooters in his area, Maj. Campbell won first place in his skill Class in the Carry Optics Division. “This event has better prepared me as an individual competitor and Soldier,” said Maj. Campbell. “For future Steel Challenge matches, it provided me with more experience on the standardized stages if I choose to continue competing in any of the divisions.”

Participation in these types of events is directed by Army Regulation (AR 350-66 and AR 140-1 Chapter 7) for the betterment of all Soldiers.

https://www.usar.army.mil/News/Article/1993245/soldier-supports-charitable-sports-event/

Cleto Rodríguez

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Medal of Honor citation
Cleto Rodríguez
Rank and organization: U.S. Army, Company B, 148th Infantry, 37th Infantry Division
Place and date: Paco Railroad Station, Manila, Philippines, February 9, 1945
Entered service at: San Antonio, TX
Born:San Marcos, TX

Citation:

He was an automatic rifleman when his unit attacked the strongly defended Paco Railroad Station during the battle for Manila, Philippines. While making a frontal assault across an open field; his platoon was halted 100 yards from the station by intense enemy fire.

On his own initiative, he left the platoon, accompanied by a comrade, and continued forward to a house 60 yards from the objective. Although under constant enemy observation, the 2 men remained in this position for an hour; firing at targets of opportunity, killing more than 35 hostile soldiers and wounding many more.

Moving closer to the station and discovering a group of Japanese replacements attempting to reach pillboxes, they opened heavy fire, killed more than 40 and stopped all subsequent attempts to man the emplacements. Enemy fire became more intense as they advanced to within 20 yards of the station.

Then, covered by his companion, Pvt. Rodríguez boldly moved up to the building and threw 5 grenades through a doorway killing 7 Japanese, destroying a 20-mm. gun and wrecking a heavy machinegun. With their ammunition running low, the 2 men started to return to the American lines, alternately providing covering fire for each other’s withdrawal.. In 2 l/2 hours of fierce fighting the intrepid team killed more than 82 Japanese, completely disorganized their defense, and paved the way for the subsequent overwhelming defeat of the enemy at this strongpoint.

Two days later, Pvt. Rodríguez again enabled his comrades to advance, when he single-handedly killed 6 Japanese and destroyed a well-placed 20-mm. gun by his outstanding skill with his weapons, gallant determination to destroy the enemy, and heroic courage in the face of tremendous odds. Pvt. Rodriguez, on 2 occasions, materially aided the advance of our troops in Manila.

A rifle firing range at Ohio National Guard Training Site, Camp Perry, Ohio has been named in honor of Pvt Rodriguez. Camp Perry is the home of the National Rifle and Pistol Championships.