Skip to comments.LAR corpsman receives Bronze Star for multiple incidents
Posted on 01/26/2006 4:32:24 PM PST by SandRat
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (Jan. 25, 2006) -- In combat, Navy corpsmen are relied on to be ready to treat any type of injury or mass causality situation, sometimes risking their own lives in the process.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Jason C. Deguzman, from Santa Rosa, Calif., did this more than once, earning him the Bronze Star Medal for his achievement during combat operations.
On May 13, 2005, the corpsman with Company C, 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division responded to mass casualties that happened when a crowded civilian bus collided into the rear of a light armored vehicle.
The 22-year-old took control of caring for more than thirty wounded personnel, ten with life threatening injuries. Because of his actions and quick thinking, all Marine and Iraqi casualties were treated and transported to receive the appropriate level of care.
Deguzman responded to another life threatening incident three days later.
On May 16, his vehicle was attacked with an improvised explosive device, wounding him and five of the seven Marines in his vehicle.
Once he regained consciousness, Deguzman worked himself out of the damaged vehicle. Ignoring his own injuries and the threat of a secondary attack, he rendered life saving treatment to his scout team leader.
Deguzmans actions earned him the Bronze Star Medal, one of the militarys most prestigious awards.
He received the medal from Brig. Gen. Joseph J. McMenamin, the assistant division commander, during a ceremony here Jan. 20.
He explained what it felt like to receive the award.
It was so amazing, I dont even know what to say, he explained. This is my first big award, and the honor I felt was overwhelming.
After only being in the Navy for nearly two years, Deguzman said he looks forward to the rest of his career.
I enjoy this job and love working with Marines, he said. This award was truly an honor and Im thankful to have been recognized.
Bronze Star Awarded
Petty Officer 3rd Class Jason C. Deguzman
Thanks SandRat. This young man is definitely in the BEST of the BEST. God Bless them ALL.
Just dang. What a hero!!
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