Assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division, Marine Forces Reserve, Columbus, Ohio attached to 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward)
Incident: Marine Sgt. David N. Wimberg died May 25 of wounds sustained from enemy small-arms fire while conducting combat operations in Hadithah, Iraq.
Marine earns posthumous Silver Star
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Marine from Louisville who was killed in a gun battle in Iraq last year will be awarded the Silver Star posthumously.
The award will be presented to the family of Sgt. David Neil Wimberg on Aug. 20 at his former unit, Columbus, Ohio-based Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines.
Wimberg, 24, was killed in Hadithah, Iraq, on May 25, 2005.
His brother, Mike Wimberg, said their parents, Denny and Tricia Wimberg of Louisville, plan to accept the award.
“It will not replace him, and we’d much rather have him back. But for the family, it’s a nice honor,” Mike Wimberg said.
Wimberg, a 1999 graduate of Louisville Trinity High School, was a squad leader in Iraq. He and his fellow Marines were pinned down on a street after an enemy ambush, according to a citation signed by Navy Secretary Donald Winter.
Wimberg left his covered position, “maneuvered through…