A Navy medic has received the Silver Star medal for heroic action during an ambush on a foot patrol in Afghanistan.
The Marine Corps said that Petty Officer 2nd Class Joshua Simson received the medal Thursday during a ceremony at Camp Lejeune. Simson was honored for actions on July 27, 2007, when he exposed himself to enemy fire while attending to 17 casualties.
The Jacksonville Daily News reported Friday that Simson said he was overwhelmed by the attention and "was just doing my job."
Simson is assigned to the 5th Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment. He was working with a unit of the Afghan National Army when the ambush occurred.
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