28 Jun '14, 2pm

Marine receives combat medal in ceremony at crowded Chili's restaurant

Marine receives combat medal in ceremony at crowded Chili's restaurant

Cpl. Randy Mann, an assault amphibious vehicle crewman on terminal leave, was lured to a Southern California Chili’s by his Marine buddies who said they wanted to bid him farewell before he departed for Texas, his home state, the next day. But it was a ruse. Instead, his commander showed up and presented him with a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal in front of a packed restaurant on June 13. Mann said he began to grow suspicious after his former platoon sergeant dragged the meal out longer than a typical lunch. When his CO, Capt. Tim Riemann, arrived, it all clicked. “It called the attention of the whole restaurant,” said Mann, who oversaw an armory for the Camp Pendleton, California-based 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion. “I could tell there were a few other Marines there by their haircuts, but I’m pretty sure nobody had ever seen anything like that.” By the time he ...

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