The secretary of the Navy next week will present the Navy Cross to the family of a Marine killed while saving the lives of other Marines in Afghanistan, officials announced today.
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus is to present the medal on Jan. 17 to the family of Lance Cpl. Donald Hogan in a ceremony at Camp Pendleton, near San Diego, according to the Los Angeles Times
The Navy Cross is second only to the Medal of Honor for combat bravery by Marines or sailors.
Hogan, 20, a Southern California native assigned to the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, was killed Aug. 26, 2009, by a buried explosive device after pushing a Marine to safety and yelling warnings to other Marines. Hogan was on a foot patrol in Helmand province, a longtime Taliban stronghold, reports the Los Angeles Times.
According to the Navy Cross citation, Hogan spotted a trigger wire for a buried bomb and hurled himself into the body of the nearest Marine to push him away from the explosion.
Hogan then "turned in the direction of the Improvised Explosive Device [IED] and placed himself in the road so that he could effectively yell verbal warnings to the rest of his squad-mates. This desperate effort to warn the rest of the patrol bought the remaining Marines valuable seconds to begin moving away," the citation reads.
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