Five Marines receive non-combat awards for heroism

Published: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 03:02 PM.

Five Marines were awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for their heroism while assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit during its 2012 deployment at a ceremony aboard Camp Lejeune Monday.

The Marines were awarded for the actions they performed immediately after one of 24th MEU’s aircraft crashed while participating in Exercise African Lion 12, a bilateral training event in Morocco, April 11, 2012.

Without regard for their own safety, the Marines put their own lives in danger as the first responders to enter the downed aircraft and administer aid and attempt to rescue the crew. During the mishap, two Marines sustained severe injuries while two others were mortally wounded.

The Marines awarded included:

-- Gunnery Sgt. Joseph A. Alvarez, platoon commander, Bravo Company, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment

-- Sgt. Daniel J. Beers, motor transport non-commissioned officer-in-charge, Combat Logistics Battalion 24

-- Sgt. Christopher J. Ewain, assistant assault amphibious section leader, Alpha Co., BLT 1/2

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