Marines decorated for heroic actions in Afghanistan

Marines decorated for heroic actions in AfghanistanCamp Pendleton CA United States – First Lt. Stephen C. Huff, the 81 mm mortar platoon commander serving with 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, is presented the Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V” for valor here, June 11, 2013.
story by: Lance Cpl. Christopher J. Moore
photo courtesy of: Lance Cpl. Christopher J. Moore
Four Marines with 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, were awarded medals for their actions during the unit’s deployment to Afghanistan here, June 11.
First Lt. Stephen C. Huff, the 81 mm mortar platoon commander serving with the battalion and Cpl. Jorge Salazar, a fire team leader serving with the battalion, were presented the Bronze Star Medal with Combat V for valor. Sergeant Trey T. Cholewa, a section leader serving with the battalion, and Gunnery Sgt. Benjamin C. Stryffeler, a platoon sergeant with the battalion, were presented the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with combat V for valor.
Huff, led more than 50 Marines and Afghan soldiers in an assault on an insurgent stronghold of more than 25 highly trained fighters. During the 60 hour fight, he exposed himself to enemy fire while maneuvering his Marines, directing their fire and evacuating the casualties from the battlefield.
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