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US Honours Para

#1 Post by Tab » Tue 01 Nov, 2011 8:47 pm

COLCHESTER-BASED para has been given a rare honour for his bravery in helping wounded US Marines in Afghanistan.
Lance Corporal Stephen Lewis, of 2nd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment, has been given a coveted American military honour for helping of five marines injured in a bomb blast in Helmand province.

The 33-year-old para gave the marines first aid at the scene, organised their rescue and protected them from further Taleban attacks.

He was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal at a ceremony at Merville Barracks, Colchester, yesterday.

Major Timothy Wernimont, of the US Marines’ 2nd Air-Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, presented L/Cpl Lewis with the medal.

He said: “This medal is given to our marines when they have done something extraordinary, or above and beyond expectation.

“It is without question that L/Cpl Lewis has met these criteria.”

L/Cpl Lewis, from Gateshead, said: “When the bomb exploded, I just did what was needed without thinking. We train hard so we know what to do in these situations and I just did my job, as did others that day.”

This is not the first time L/Cpl Lewis’s bravery has been commended.

He was mentioned in despatches in 2008 for pushing forward to protect injured comrades after an ambush in Afghanistan.

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#2 Post by timex » Tue 01 Nov, 2011 9:50 pm

Nice to see the Anglico guys doing the presentation. Good effort from your Para.

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#3 Post by Amphibian » Wed 02 Nov, 2011 9:12 am

Good effort Para! :)
"Chin up, crack on"

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#4 Post by Ryan1990 » Fri 06 Dec, 2013 8:43 pm

THIS is why im trying to join the parachute regiment! makes me proud to have a family history in the reg too.

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