One of the seven Marines killed in the Black Hawk helicopter crash off the coast of Florida was awarded the Silver Star just four days earlier. The Associated Press reported that Staff Sgt. Andrew Seif was the Marine who received one of the military's highest honors for heroism days prior to the military tragedy.
This story is one of many that continue to come out as more information regarding the Black Hawk helicopter crash is shared by military officials. Like most of you, we have been following the unfolding of these tragic events closely. More importantly, our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the military families, friends and service members affected by the military helicopter crash off the coast of Florida.
Staff Sgt. Andrew Seif, the United States Marine who was awarded the Silver Star, received that honor for heroic acts in Afghanistan. According to the AP report, Seif tried to save a mortally wounded friend, Sgt. Justin Hansen, during heavy gunfire.
The two Marines came under heavy fire as they closed in on a bomb expert in Afghanistan. Hansen was wounded during the enemy attack. Refusing to leave Hansen behind, Andrew Seif moved Hansen to safety, treated his wounds and fired back at the enemy.
During the Silver Star ceremony, Staff Sgt. Andrew Seif deflected the praise from himself. He had this to say, "There are definitely some individuals out there who deserve (the medal) just as well. But it's an honor to accept it on the behalf of the unit and on behalf of the rest of the men."
If you have not heard or seen the news yet, the identities of the Marines killed in the Black Hawk helicopter crash have been released by the military. At the announcement, Maj. Gen. Joseph Osterman told reporters, "These truly are the men who protect our country and protect our way of life."
In the near future, a private ceremony remembering the special operations Marines will be held to help surviving family members close the page on their deaths.
The names of the four soldiers assigned to the 1-244th Assault Helicopter Battalion in Hammond, Louisiana, have not been made public as of this blog post. Once again, our thoughts and prayers go out to all affected by this tragic accident.Other Articles
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