May 3, 2012

Lieutenant Col. Tyler Zagurski (center), a Mercer Island, Wash., native and commanding officer of 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, stands opposite of Cpl. Ronald Smith, a native of Saint Marys, Ga., and a mortarman with the unit, as the battalion sergeant major reads Smith’s Bronze Star medal with combat distinguishing device citation aloud May 4. The ceremony was conducted at the conclusion of an 11-mile hike the battalion conducted. (Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Timothy L. Solano)

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