February 2, 2006
With three weeks notice, Dr. Richard Jadick made the decision to travel to Iraq with a Marine batallion as a Navy director. He had no idea that he’d spend a month in the middle of an intense battle in Fallujah. As News 12 reports, what happened there earned him a big reward.
Clearing the city looked a lot like this for Dr. Richard Jadick and the 54 corpsmen with him in Iraq a year ago.
“This was an ambush, this was where they were just shootin’,” said Dr. Richard Jadick.
Dr. Jadick tells us the story when soldiers went down.
“We stabilized him, carried him out,” Dr. Jadick said.
He picked them up, courage that earned him a rare Bronze Star with a combat V for valor.
“But my battalion said hey we’re going to bat for this guy, he deserves this award,” Dr. Jadick said.
Dr. Jadick rescued seven wounded Marines at one time from the middle of battle in Fallujah. Despite his help, one of them didn’t make it.
“To hear his corpsman say to him, listed doc, Jadick’s gotcha, you made it here, you’re gonna live and then he doesn’t, that’s where it’s tough,” Dr. Jadick said.
Emotional memories that this doctor things about every day.
“I mean, cause you do, you feel like you let somebody down, try not to,” Dr. Jadick said.
A man set on saving lives and the people around him knowing what a difference he made.
“Bronze Star with a combat V is a big honor,” Dr. Jadick said.
Dr. Jadick helped save the lives of over 90 Marines in Iraq. He actually served in the Marines for six years himself. This was his second deployment to Iraq helping the Marines as a doctor. He’s not a urology resident at MCG, and says if he’s asked to go back in the future, he will.
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