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Philadelphia native receives Silver Star for valor in Afghanistan

Story by Cpl. Tommy Bellegarde | 2nd Marine Division | Date: 08.23.2012
Date Posted:08.28.2012 16:20

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – When a patrol of Marines from 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division; Afghan National Army soldiers and Afghan National Civil Order Police patrolmen was ambushed by insurgents March 5, 2011, Cpl. Jason M. Hassinger quickly realized that many of his comrades were trapped, unable to maneuver or engage the attacking enemy. The Marines requested air support, but it was not immediately available, so Hassinger led his section through the gunfire to rescue his trapped brothers in arms.

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