Marine GySgt Daniel Price
KIA July 29, 2012
Operation Enduring Freedom
Assigned to 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, Camp Pendleton, California
While completing a mission to secure a stronghold, GySgt Daniel Price moved across 800 meters of open terrain through gunfire to rescue Afghan commandos that were wounded and pinned down. In the process, he was able to eliminate one enemy shooter before he scaled the compound wall and dropped a grenade in the building’s chimney to destroy the insurgents inside; GySgt Price courageously continued his attack on the enemy forces until he was mortally wounded. Although he was killed in the firefight, Daniel’s actions ultimately led to breaking the insurgent defense. Marine GySgt Jonathan W. Gifford was also killed during the fight.
Daniel was no stranger to hard work, spending his youth working on a farm and staying active in the local 4-H club. When he decided to join the military, he knew without a doubt he wanted to be one of the first men on the ground, and easily chose the Marines in order to serve his country faithfully.
After enlisting in the Marines in 2003, Daniel spent several years as a member of the 1stReconnaissance Battalion before deciding to join MARSOC in January of 2008. As a Marine, he demonstrated his servant heart and proudly fought for his country. He quickly worked rehab so that he could return to battle after receiving a Purple Heart for taking enemy fire that destroyed his knee. During his 10 years in the Marines, he deployed for 3 tours to Iraq and was in his 3rdtour to Afghanistan when he was killed; he was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for his actions on the day he was killed, and earned the Bronze Star with combat V, two Purple Hearts, three Combat Action Ribbons and three Good Conduct Medals during his service. GySgt Price bravely sacrificed his life for our freedom and for the protection of his brothers-in-arms.
“Gunnery Sergeant Price’s courage, dedication and sacrifice inspire us on a daily basis to help others, to cherish our freedom, and to try to make a positive difference in the world,” Captain Barry Morris, a MARSOC public affairs officer, said.
GySgt. Daniel Price was 27 years old from Holland, Michigan.
Original portrait was delivered September 23rd, 2017 at a special event hosted by LZ Michigan to his parents, Karl and Ruth Price.