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East Texas Marine recognized for valor in Afghanistan

Lance Cpl. Joel T. Murray (Source: 2nd Marine Logistics Group/Cpl. Paul Peterson) Lance Cpl. Joel T. Murray (Source: 2nd Marine Logistics Group/Cpl. Paul Peterson)

CAMP LEATHERNECK, AFGHANISTAN (KLTV) - The heroic actions of an East Texas Marine saved lives and earned him the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with "V" device in recognition of his heroic actions during the defense of a base in Afghanistan.

According to an article published on the 2nd Marine Logistics Group's website, Lance Cpl. Joel T. Murray, a Hallsville native, was at his forward operating base in the Helmand province on May 13 when a suicide bomber attacked the base with an improvised explosive device in a vehicle. Murray quickly made his way toward the site of the blast and engaged an insurgent within the compound, killing him. 

Subsequently, Murray came upon a Georgian soldier with a life-threatening leg injury. He applied a tourniquet and checked the soldier for additional injuries. Murray then provided emergency first aid to another wounded soldier and organized stretcher teams for the casualties.

Murray continued to work to provide security and medical attention to wounded Marines and Georgian soldiers for more than two hours after the attack.

"It is completely humbling to serve along side you," said Maj. David H. Mills, company commander of Combat Logistics Company, CLR-2, after presenting Murray with the award. "These are the things that contribute to the legend of the Marine Corps. They are the things people join the Marine Corps to do."

"I can't think of anything else I can say but thank you," said Col. Dwayne A. Whiteside, the commanding officer of CLR-2, as he addressed Murray and his peers. "This is what we do. We get assigned a mission, we take care of each other, and we accomplish the mission. We didn't leave anyone on the battlefield, and that's a great thing."

The Navy and Marine Corps Commendation medal is awarded for meritorious service or achievement in a combat or non-combat situation based on superior performance. The "V"device distinguishes valor in combat. 

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