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Paul Awarded the Navy Marine Corp Medal 2022

CAMP LEJEUNE, NC, UNITED STATES 04.22.2022 Story by Lance Cpl. Jackson Kirkiewicz 2nd Marine Logistics Group Subscribe 34

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -- U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Paul M. D’Aeth received the Navy and Marine Corps Medal to recognize acts of non-combat heroism during a ceremony hosted by 8th Engineer Support Battalion on Camp Lejeune on April 22, 2022. Staff Sgt. D’Aeth, a native of Waxhaw, North Carolina, received the Department of the Navy’s highest non-combat award for quickly responding to distressed swimmers at Del Mar Beach while serving with Combat Logistics Battalion 15, 1st Marine Logistics Group, aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, on March 8, 2020. According to his award citation, D'Aeth entered rough ocean waters and swam through breaking waves and a dangerous rip current to rescue a struggling service member. Upon returning to the shore, he realized there was a second distraught swimmer and, without regard for his personal safety, jumped back into the water to attempt another rescue. “It comes with a lot of weight,” said Staff Sgt. D’Aeth after the ceremony. “I'm thankful for the recognition, but I think anyone would have done the same thing." The Navy and Marine Corps Medal is the highest non-combat award for heroism awarded to members of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. It is awarded to service members who, while serving in any capacity in the Navy or Marine Corps, demonstrate an act of non-combat heroism while putting themselves in a life-threatening situation. “It’s another human life. It required action from somebody, and I wasn't going to just sit by,” said Staff Sgt. D’Aeth. D’Aeth currently serves as an explosive ordnance disposal technician with Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 8th Engineer Support Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2nd Marine Logistics Group.

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