Marine Lance Cpl. Christopher Adlesperger, center.
On Nov. 10, 2004 Adlesperger and three others, Lance Cpl. Erick Hodges, Navy corpsman Alonso Rogero and Lance Cpl. Ryan Sunnerville ---- entered a house when they received heavy machine gun fire. According to the statement, Hodges died instantly and Rogero and Sunnerville were injured. Adlesperger, who was wounded, shielded the other wounded amid enemy fire and single-handedly shot and killed several insurgents, clearing a path that allowed him to move the wounded to the relative safety of the building's rooftop.The Camp Pendleton statement continues: "Lance Cpl. Adlesperger threw grenades onto the enemy squad below ---- driving the insurgents into the open. Even as the insurgents tried to take his position, he remained steadfast, killing several insurgents with his rifle and with subsequent volleys of grenades. Disregarding his wounds, he joined his platoon in a final assault on the enemy machine-gun position to eliminate the insurgent threat."