U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Marco Mancha/Released 120823-M-PE262-001.JPG
Aug 29, 2012
Philadelphia native, Cpl. Jason M. Hassinger (center right), receives the Silver Star Medal from Maj. Gen. John A. Toolan, the outgoing commanding general of 2nd Marine Division during the 2nd Marine Division change of command ceremony Aug. 23 aboard Camp Lejeune. Hassinger received the Silver Star for his actions during an ambushed patrol in Marjah, Helmand province, Afghanistan, in which he led his section through intense fire to rescue a group of fellow Marines pinned down by the enemy. Hassinger was shot four times during the incident but continued to fight until the enemy retreated. The Silver Star is the third-highest award a U.S. service member can receive for valor in combat.
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