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Hallsville Marine recognized for heroic actions in Afghanistan

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(Cpl. Paul Peterson)  Lance Cpl. Joel T. Murray, a Hallsville, Texas, native and engineer heavy equipment operator with Combat Logistics Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, Regional Command (Southwest) (Cpl. Paul Peterson) Lance Cpl. Joel T. Murray, a Hallsville, Texas, native and engineer heavy equipment operator with Combat Logistics Company, Combat Logistics Regiment 2, Regional Command (Southwest)

CAMP LEATHERNECK, AFGHANISTAN (KYTX) - A Hallsville Marine was recognized for his heroic actions during an award ceremony on July 23 in Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. Lance Cpl. Joel T. Murray received the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with "V" device in recognition of his "heroic achievement" during the defense of Forward Operating Base Shir Ghazi in the Helmand province, according to an article by 2nd Marine Logistics Group.

On May 13, 2013, a suicide bomber attacked the base with a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device. Murray quickly went toward the site of the blast and engaged an insurgent within the compound. Murray neutralized the heavily armed combatant and shortly after came upon a soldier with a life-threatening leg injury. Murray applied a tourniquet and checked the soldier for additional wounds. He then provided emergency aid to another wounded soldier and organized stretcher teams for them.

"It is completely humbling to serve along side you," said Maj. David H. Mills, company commander of Combat Logistics Company, CLR-2, after presenting Murray with the award. "These are the things that contribute to the legend of the Marine Corps. They are the things people join the Marine Corps to do."

Murray continued to provide security and medical aid to wounded Marines and Georgian soldiers for more than two hours after the attack.

"I can't think of anything else I can say but thank you," said Col. Dwayne A. Whiteside, the commanding officer of CLR-2, as he addressed Murray and his peers. "This is what we do. We get assigned a mission, we take care of each other, and we accomplish the mission. We didn't leave anyone on the battlefield, and that's a great thing."

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