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2 Marines based at Camp Pendleton receive the Navy Cross posthumously

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    2 Marines based at Camp Pendleton receive the Navy Cross posthumously

    Published January 19, 2014
    Associated Press
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      This photo combo provided by the U.S. Marine Corps shows Marine Capt. Matthew P. Manoukian, left, and Staff Sgt. Sky R. Mote who will both posthumously receive the Navy Cross for actions while deployed to Afghanistan in 2012. The awards will be received by the families of the two during a ceremony Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/US Marine Corps) (The Associated Press)
    CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – Two Marines killed in an insider attack in Afghanistan were posthumously awarded on Saturday the Navy Cross, the service branch's top award and second only to the Medal of Honor.
    Capt. Matthew Manoukian and Staff Sgt. Sky Mote were killed in 2012 after an Afghan police officer armed with an AK-47 burst into their military outpost in Helmand province and opened fire, killing Gunnery Sgt. Ryan Jeschke.
    Manoukian and Mote confronted the intruder and shot back, allowing other Marines to escape, the Marine Corps said.
    Manoukian, a 29-year-old team commander, was working in the operations center when he heard shots tearing through the walls. He grabbed his pistol and fired at the policeman while directing others to safety.
    Mote, a 27-year-old explosive ordnance disposal technician, was working nearby and ran to the operations center.
    "In his final act of bravery, he boldly remained in the open and engaged the shooter, no less than five meters in front of him," the Marine Corps said in a statement.

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