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Parris Island Instructor Receives Navy Cross

CHARLESTON (AP) - A Parris Island drill instructor who was shot in the leg but managed to lead Marines up an Afghanistan mountainside in pursuit of enemy troops in 2004 has received the
Navy Cross award for bravery.


Marlowe Epstein, Assignment Desk
Updated: 2/25/2006 6:11:44 PM
Associated Press

Staff Sergeant Anthony C. Viggiani was given the award yesterday during a graduation ceremony at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot on Parris Island.

The honor is second only to the Medal of Honor. It is awarded to members of the Marine Corps or Navy who demonstrate extraordinary courage and leadership while in dangerous battle.

The 26-year-old Viggiani's unit came under fire while pursuing Taliban fighters, north of the village of Khabargho in the Zabol province.