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Remembering the Fallen: the battle of An Nasiriyah

Award citations line the walls of the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment headquarters building from the battle of An Nasiriyah, March 23, 2003. The citations include two Navy Cross Medals, the nation’s 2nd highest award for valor as well as several Silver Star Medals, the nation’s third highest award for valor.



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This work, Remembering the Fallen: the battle of An Nasiriyah [Image 2 of 5], by Sgt Jeff Drew, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:03.22.2013

Date Posted:03.26.2013 12:01

Photo ID:894599

VIRIN:130322-M-HB024-003

Resolution:5616x3744

Size:11.15 MB

Location:MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, NC, USGlobe

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