Congressman Tom McClintock announced that the President of the United States has signed H.R. 381, designating a mountain in the John Muir Wilderness of the Sierra National Forest as “Sky Point.” The bill honors Marine SSgt Sky Mote of El Dorado, who was killed in action in Afghanistan on August 10, 2012.
On that day, SSgt Mote was at his post in the tactical operations center of the First Marine Special Operations Battalion in Helmand Province. When an Afghan police officer opened fire on the Marines at the operations center, Sergeant Mote was in an adjoining room. According to the Navy’s citation, “He instead grabbed his M4 rifle and entered the operations room, courageously exposing himself to a hail of gunfire in order to protect his fellow Marines. In his final act of bravery, he boldly engaged the gunman, now less than five meters in front of him, until falling mortally wounded.”
SSgt Mote was awarded the Navy Cross for his heroism in defending his fellow Marines. In addition, SSgt Mote had earned the Purple Heart, the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal, two Combat Action Ribbons and three Good Conduct Medals during his nine years of exemplary service to our nation.
The peak was chosen in consultation with the Mote family because it overlooks a region where Sky Mote often camped and hiked.
“We will not allow the young men from our region who perished in service to our country to be forgotten,” said Congressman McClintock. “Nor will we ever forget the daily anguish of the Gold Star families they leave behind. This bill is a small token of the commitment of our country and our community to remember the fallen and to grieve with their families.”