Two Marines to Receive Navy Cross

Posted January 15, 2014 at 11:01am

Marine Corps Times reports that “two Marines from the Corps’ elite special operations unit will be awarded the Navy Cross this week for heroism during an insider attack in Afghanistan in 2012.”

“Staff Sgt. Sky Mote and Capt. Matthew Manoukian will posthumously receive the military’s second-highest highest honor Saturday at the headquarters of Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command’s West Coast battalion at Camp Pendleton, Calif.”

“According to MARSOC releases, both Marines were deployed to Afghanistan with 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion Aug. 10, 2012, when they began to receive heavy fire from an Afghan police officer in their tactical operations center.”