President of the United States
Takes Pleasure in Presenting
The Navy Cross
Corporal, United States Marine Corps
Services as Set Forth in the Following
For extraordinary heroism while
serving as Squad Leader, Mortar Platoon, Weapons Company, 3d Battalion,
5th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 1, 1st Marine Division, U.S.
Marine Corps Forces, Central Command in support of Operation IRAQI
FREEDOM on 23 December 2004. During clearing operations in Al Fallujah,
Iraq, Corporal Workman displayed exceptional situational awareness while
organizing his squad to enter a building to retrieve isolated Marines
inside. Despite heavy resistance from enemy automatic weapons fire, and
a barrage of grenades, Corporal Workman fearlessly exposed himself and
laid down a base of fire that allowed the isolated Marines to escape.
Outside the house, he rallied the rescued Marines and directed fire onto
insurgent positions as he aided wounded Marines in a neighboring yard.
After seeing these Marines to safety, he led another assault force into
the building to eliminate insurgents and extract more Marines. Corporal
Workman again exposed himself to enemy fire while providing cover fire
for the team when an enemy grenade exploded directly in front of him
causing shrapnel wounds to his arms and legs. Corporal Workman continued
to provide intense fire long enough to recover additional wounded
Marines and extract them from the besieged building. Although injured,
he led a third assault into the building, rallying his team one last
time to extract isolated Marines before M1A1 tanks arrived to support
the battle. Throughout this fight, Corporal Workman's heroic actions
contributed to the elimination of 24 insurgents. By his bold leadership,
wise judgment, and complete dedication to duty, Corporal Workman
reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of
the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.