Corpsman awarded Navy Cross for heroism in Afghanistan


Chief Petty Officer Justin Wison receives the Navy Cross at a ceremony at Camp Pendleton.

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CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — A medic was awarded the Navy Cross at Camp Pendleton Tuesday for ignoring his own wounds while tending to comrades who were gravely injured by an explosion in Afghanistan.

Chief Petty Officer Justin Wilson, a native of Beloit, Kan., was serving with the 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in 2011. While on patrol, an improvised explosive device exploded, injuring Wilson and his teammates.

Wilson suffered injuries to his arm and face, but he ignored his own wounds to treat members of his unit, the Marines said. He moved one of the victims to a safe location and treated him until he died. Wilson wouldn’t let anyone treat his own injuries until he determined that two other member of his team who were injured by the blast had died.

Wilson was presented the Navy Cross at a ceremony at the headquarters of Marine Special Operations Battalion.

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