Cherry Point Marine receives Bronze Star

Published: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 08:02 PM.

Leading more than 1,600 Marines and sailors, Harrington "always positioned himself in front of the fight and faced enemy threats alongside fellow Marines," according to the citation with the Bronze Star. "Leading the Jump Command Post, Harrington was critical during responses to four Improvised Explosive Device attacks on vehicles, numerous small arms attacks, on anti-personnel IED attack, and a suicide bomber attack."

A humble Harrington accepted his medal from Brig. Gen. Thomas A. Gorry, commander of Marine Corps Installations East at the VMR-1 hangar at Cherry Point.

"It’s an honor," Harrington said. "The one thing that I could say and wish I could make happen, if there was a star that I could wish upon would be the star that I could wish to bring the Marines and sailors back that didn’t come back with me. They worked hard. They were the heroes. Those are the Marines that I look up to that gave the ultimate sacrifice during our battles in Kajaki, Sangin and also in Marjah. It’s about them.

"It’s a legacy written in blood and it will remain that way and I know the legacy will continue. It’s a humbling feeling knowing how we got where we are today and putting this award on my chest. I know that many men and women have done a lot of great things for this institution on and off the battlefield."

Sgt. Maj. Earnest Hoopii, sergeant major for Marine Corps Installations East, said Harrington was instrumental in getting things done.

"Wherever there was a fire, Sgt. Maj. Harrington put out the fire," Hoopii said. "Everywhere he went, things got better."

Harrington had been sent to Marjah in July 2011 when his unit got a change of orders.

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