Marine special ops team honored


Published Dec 4, 2012 at 04:00AM / Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 12:31AM

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — Navy Secretary Ray Mabus on Monday honored four members of a Marine special operations team in a rare public ceremony for those who have served in the covert forces.

In a ceremony at Camp Pendleton, Calif., Mabus awarded Marine Sgt. William Soutra Jr. the Navy Cross, the Navy’s highest honor and the military’s second highest honor, for tending to the wounded while guiding the platoon to safety during an attack in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province in July 2010 that spanned over two days.

Three others on his team, including a Navy corpsman, were given Silver Stars.