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Fallujah Marine gets upgraded to Navy Cross after shielding fellow Marine from grenade


A Marine veteran recently had his Silver Star upgraded to a Navy Cross after saving the life of a fellow Marine from a grenade in Fallujah.

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Benjamin Gonzalez shielded a Marine in Fallujah, Iraq with his body from a hand grenade on June 18, 2014. The insurgent had thrown the hand grenade into a fighting hole as he drove by on a motorcycle according to the El Paso Times.

The military upgraded the Silver Star on Tuesday to the Navy Cross, the U.S. military’s second-highest decoration awarded for valor in combat.

The Marine veteran LCpl Benjamin Gonzalez hails from El Paso and had deployed as an automatic rifleman with Company F, Second Battalion, First Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Central Command during his mission.

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  1. O.K., what’s up with the General’s stars on his collar, they seem a bit off (too high maybe) and what is up with the color of his trouser. I know I’m a bit color blind, however, they seem awfully dark to me (navy trousers perhaps???).


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