Cherry Point Marine receives Bronze Star

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Bronze Star recipient Sgt. Maj. Larry J. Harrington addresses Marines in the VMR-1 hangar on Monday.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 20:02 PM.

Sgt. Maj. Larry Harrington walked into Odyssey Tattoo on Veterans Day two years ago with a request for owner Robert Toth.

"Perfect day," remembers Toth. "He said ‘Hey, I’ve got a little bit of tattooing for you,’ and I said ‘Sure sergeant major. What is it?’ He hands me the entire Marine Corps Prayer and I looked at him and said ‘sergeant major, that’s not a little anything.’ It ended up being two full sheets of notebook paper on his back with four inches in between. Seven and a half hours later, we did it, and I was proud to do it on that day."

Harrington, now a sergeant major for Marine Transport Squadron 1, received the Bronze Star at Cherry Point on Monday, and Toth was there to congratulate him.

"I think it’s absolutely terrific," Toth said. "He deserves every bit of it."

Eric Rust, a retired Marine from Jacksonville, attended the ceremony.

"I’ve had younger, junior Marines come and talk to me about how he saved their lives," Rust said. "I’ve just got a lot of respect for the man and we wanted to be here to see him be awarded the Bronze Star."

Harrington was cited for his actions while serving as sergeant major for 1st Battalion, 6th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 6, 1st Marine Division (Forward), II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) from July 25, 2011, to Feb. 6, 2012, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.



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