08 Jan '18, 5pm

Marine earns rare medal for noncombat bravery

Marine earns rare medal for noncombat bravery

A supply officer was awarded the nation’s highest valor award for noncombat bravery after saving the lives of three divers and an onlooker caught in a rip current in Japan. 1st Lt. Aaron Cranford of 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion was awarded the rare medal Monday at a ceremony on Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan. While finishing up a 35-minute recreational dive with some Marine Corps officers at Onna Point, Okinawa, on April 23, 2017, the Marines noticed several other divers appeared to be in distress as dive conditions started to worsen. Midshipman awarded Navy and Marine Corps Medal for heroism Braving a life-threatening storm to rescue stranded scouts, Naval Academy Midshipman 3rd Class Jonathan Dennler was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal. By: Shawn Snow Cranford ensured his dive group made it back to safety then ventured back out “to the surf zone at risk to his own l...

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