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Marine awarded for rescuing four Okinawans from rip tide
180108-M-IN847-0006.JPG Photo By: Lance Cpl. Josue Marquez

Jan 8, 2018
CAMP SCHWAB, OKINAWA, Japan - 1st Lt. Aaron Cranford stands with Justin Kinjo and Yusuke Teruya, divers who almost lost their lives at the hands of a rip current, and Maj. John Mahler, former Headquarter and Support Company Commander, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, after receiving the Navy and Marine Corps Medal on Jan. 8, 2017, at the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion Headquarters building on Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan. Cranford was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for risking his life while rescuing three divers and a local Okinawan who were caught in rip current during a recreational dive at Onna Point, Okinawa, Japan on April 23, 2017. Cranford, a native of Fort Worth, Texas, is a supply officer with Headquarters and Service Company, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division.


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