Badass Of The Week: Clifford M. Woolridge

So we all know about guys like Dan Bilzerian, Jackie Chan, and freakin’ Davy Crockett (king of the wild frontier right?) Well maybe someday we’ll get to those killing machines, but today we’re going to bring our focus to a real modern day badass.

His name is Clifford M. Wooldridge, and on June 18th, 2010 he wooped some serious Taliban ass. He received the nations second highest military medal, the Navy Cross. Below is the actually military citation for his award, but I’ll try and summarize it for you.

Aight, so basically Corporal Wooldridge was driving his Humvee with his squad when they were ambushed by about 15 Taliban members. Wooldridge jumps out of his vehicle and starts doing that thing marines do when they get shot at. Kicking ass and taking names. After taking care of a couple of those pesky terrorists, he takes cover and begins to reload his M-249. (now if youve ever played COD, the M-249 is the SAW, so you know that reloading is quite a task)… Now here’s the badass part…

So he sees an enemy weapon come around the corner, and what does he do? He throws down his SAW, and grabs that poor bastards weapon right out of his hands and beats the piss out of him with it. Guy didn’t even stand a chance. Oorah ey!?

Here’s what the official citation reads:

“The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Corporal Clifford M. Wooldridge, United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving as Vehicle Commander, Combined Anti-Armor Platoon White, Weapons Company, Third Battalion, Seventh Marines, Regimental Combat Team 2, FIRST Marine Division (Forward), I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) Afghanistan, on 18 June 2010 in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. When their mounted patrol came under intense enemy fire, Corporal Wooldridge and his squad dismounted and maneuvered on the suspected enemy location. Spotting a group of fifteen enemy fighters preparing an ambush, Corporal Wooldridge led one of his fire teams across open ground to flank the enemy, killing or wounding at least eight and forcing the rest to scatter. As he held security alone to cover his fire team’s withdrawal, he heard voices from behind an adjacent wall. Boldly rushing around the corner, he came face-to-face with two enemy fighters at close range, killing both of them with his M-249 Squad Automatic Weapon. As he crouched back behind the wall to reload, he saw the barrel of an enemy machine gun appear from around the wall. Without hesitation, he dropped his empty weapon and seized the machine gun barrel. He overwhelmed the enemy fighter in hand-to-hand combat, killing him with several blows to the head with the enemy’s own machine gun. His audacious and fearless actions thwarted the enemy attack on his platoon. By his bold and decisive leadership, undaunted courage under fire, and total dedication to duty, Corporal Wooldridge reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.”