Marine awarded for saving local Okinawans from riptide.
Marine Corps 1st Lt. Aaron Cranford, left, speaks in an interview with Justin Kinjo and Yusuke Teruya, divers who almost lost their lives at the hands of a rip current, after the he receives the Navy and Marine Corps Medal at the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion Headquarters building on Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 8, 2018. Cranford was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for risking his life while rescuing three divers and a local Okinawan who were caught in rip current during a recreational dive at Onna Point, Okinawa, Japan, in April 2017.
Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Josue Marquez
CAMP SCHWAB, OKINAWA, Japan, Jan. 18, 2018 — A Marine received the nation's highest medal for non-combat heroism during a ceremony here, Jan. 8.
Marine Corps 1st Lt. Aaron Cranford, a supply officer with Headquarters and Service Company, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for saving four divers, including a local Okinawan, who were caught in a rip current during a recreational dive at Onna Point, Okinawa, Japan, on April 23, 2017.
SW Asia, December 2, 2017 – Thank you so much!