Hospital Corpsman First Class Darrel L. Enos, USN (Posthumously Awarded)
Hero of Military Medicine
Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Darrel L. Enos
May 24, 1976 – August 17, 2012
3d Marine Special Operations Battalion – Farah Province, Afghanistan
Born in Phoenix, Ariz., a native of Colorado Springs, Colo., and a 1994 graduate of Mitchell High School, Hospitalman 1st Class (Fleet Marine Force/Combat Aircrew) Darrel L. Enos enlisted in the Navy in January 1995, attending boot camp in Great Lakes, Ill. He began his career as a Corpsman, attending Basic Hospital Corpsman School in San Diego. He later attended Aviation Medical Technician School in Pensacola, Fla., in March 1996 and then reported to Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW)-112, and then was transferred to 3d Marine Aircraft Wing in September 1998. He was sent on temporary additional duty as Senior Corpsman to Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron (VMU)-2, deploying with that unit to Operation Iraqi Freedom in January 2003. He was assigned to Marine Aircraft Group 26 thereafter and completed two additional tours to Iraq. In June 2006, HM1 Enos attended Surface Force Independent Duty Corpsman School, San Diego, and then reported to MARSOC in July 2007, first with the Marine Special Operations Advisor Group, then to 2d MSOB and finally 3d MSOB, completing three additional deployments with MARSOC.
HM1 Enos deployed in support of both Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, and he was on his seventh deployment. His personal decorations include the Purple Heart, Air Medal with two Strike Flights, Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal, three Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medals, Army Achievement Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon and four Good Conduct Medals.
While assigned to Team 8313, HM1 Enos was preparing for an Afghan Local Police inauguration ceremony near Kanesk, when an ALP recruit opened fire on the team, killing him and another team member.