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Lance Cpl. Richard M. Mason II serves as an assaultman for 2nd Platoon, Company K, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment. Nicknamed the "Rocket Man," the 21-year-old from Medina, Ohio has effectively fired 24 rockets using the Shoulder-Launched Multi-Purpose Assault Weapon or SMAW during combat operations in Ramadi. The portable anti-armor rocket launcher has the sole purpose of destroying bunkers and other fortifications during assault operations.
060610-m-0008d-001.jpg Photo By: Cpl. Joseph Digirolamo

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Jun 10, 2006
Lance Cpl. Richard M. Mason II serves as an assaultman for 2nd Platoon, Company K, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment. Nicknamed the "Rocket Man," the 21-year-old from Medina, Ohio has effectively fired 24 rockets using the Shoulder-Launched Multi-Purpose Assault Weapon or SMAW during combat operations in Ramadi. The portable anti-armor rocket launcher has the sole purpose of destroying bunkers and other fortifications during assault operations.


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