Apr 5, 2012

(Left to right) New Salem, Pa., native Vincent M. Barbabella Sr.; Brig. Gen. Lewis A. Craparotta; Birdsboro, Pa., native Cmdr. Sean Barbabella, and Cmdr. Barbabella’s wife and children take time for a photo after the commander’s awards ceremony April 5. Craparotta awarded Barbabella the Legion of Merit, one of the military’s highest awards for his service as the 2nd Marine Division (Forward) division surgeon. “It’s a privilege for me as a medical doctor out there to take care of guys who sacrifice so much,” said Barbabella. “There is a lot of supporting cast out there – among them, my wife, whose unwavering support allows me to do my job. It was an honor to be a part of that team and take care of these guys.” Craparotta served as the 2nd MarDiv (Fwd) commanding general and presented the award during the ceremony.

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