GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A U.S. Marine from West Michigan who killed in the line of duty has been awarded one of our nation’s highest honors.
Gunnery Sgt. Daniel Price was killed in action in Afghanistan on July 29, 2012. Tuesday, his family, friends and members of the Holland community came together to honor his service and sacrifice as Price posthumously received the Silver Star for gallantry in combat.
Price was killed on a mission supporting Afghan commandos who were trying to take a village from insurgents. The military says he and another Marine rushed in to help and remove wounded Afghan soldiers. Then, Price scaled a wall and threw a grenade down a chimney, killing the attackers who had been firing on his forces.
Price continued to fight until he was killed. His actions helped the Afghan unit secure the village.
Tuesday, a friend who was with Price that night spoke about the man behind the heroic actions.
“Dan was just a good down-home American,” Master Gunnery Sgt. Jack Kelly said. “You can see the patriotism he was raised with, that he fought with, the values he was raised with back here with his family. He set the standard and everything Dan did, he did it to 100%.”
Price, 27, had served three tours in Iraq and three tours in Afghanistan before his death. In 2011, he was awarded the Purple Heart after being wounded.