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Camp Pendleton Navy Corpsman To Be Awarded Navy Cross

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Navy Chief Petty Officer Justin Wilson

The commanding general of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) will award Navy Chief Petty Officer Justin Wilson the Navy Cross at a Camp Pendleton ceremony on Nov. 25.

The Military Times reports Wilson, 36, works as a special amphibious reconnaissance corpsman assigned to MARSOC's 1st Marine Special Operation Battalion, which is based at Camp Pendleton.

Wilson was on his third deployment to Afghanistan, according to the Navy Cross citation, when, along with several members of Marine Special Operations Team 8113, he was injured by an explosion on Sept. 28, 2011:

"Ignoring the pain of his own injuries, [Wilson] focused solely on treating his fellow team members. He dragged one outside the checkpoint and rendered aid until he succumbed, and then searched for the other casualties, who had been blown over the barriers by the second blast. Only after confirming they were already dead did he allow treatment of his own wounds."

The Navy Cross is awarded to service members exhibiting extraordinary heroism, and is the second highest military decoration a member of the Navy or Marine Corps can receive.


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