Navy Secretary Ray Mabus will posthumously award the Navy Cross to the family of Lance Cpl. Donald Hogan on January 17th at a Camp Pendleton ceremony.
The 20-year-old Hogan had been assigned to Pendleton's 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment. He grew up in San Clemente, California ' not far from Camp Pendleton.
The Marine Corps Times reports Hogan's Navy Cross-worthy heroic deeds took place on August 26, 2009. Hogan was on foot patrol when he spotted a suspicious-looking string in the road:
The Marine Corp Scholarship Foundation posted this lovely tribute video to Lance Cpl. Hogan on YouTube, including footage from August 26, 2009: