by M.C. Kauffman
November 12, 2003
The Marine Corps Achievement Medal is awarded for meritorious service or achievement in either combat or non-combat based on sustained performance or specific achievement of a superlative nature.
Sergeant Pilcher was recently awarded the Marine Corps Achievement Medal (Gold Star In Lieu Of Second Award With Combat Distinguishing Device) for "heroic achievement while serving as 2D squad leader, 3D platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 1, 1st Marine Division in support of operation Iraqi Freedom on 8 April 2003."
According to the certificate of award, "After a company strong point was established in the town of Hasan Al Hamzah [Iraq], the order was given to begin clearing buildings within the sector. Sergeant Pilcher and a team were assigned to provide security for the battalion's tank attachment. While exposed to sniper fire, Sergeant Pilcher courageously remained in the street with the security element to provide cover for the tank. Sergeant Pilcher's initiative, perseverance, and total dedication to duty reflected credit upon him and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service."
Sgt. Pilcher deployed to Iraq on March 20, 2003, where he served for six months. He returned to the United States on September 15, 2003, to his originating base of Camp Pendleton in San Diego, California.
Sgt. Pilcher was born and raised in Ketchikan, Alaska. He is the son of Ketchikan residents Dan and Gigi Pilcher.