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San Francisco Marine awarded Bronze Star for heroism in Afghanistan

Corporal Michael P. Toomey, a rifleman serving with 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, stands at attention as his sergeant major reads the award citation for his Bronze Star Medal with a Combat V during a ceremony here, April 18, 2013. Toomey, a native of San Francisco, was recognized for his heroic actions on May 8, 2012, while deployed to Musa Qal'ah district, Helmand province, Afghanistan. He led a fire team of Marines in a hasty ambush against an insurgent machine gun team hiding in a tree line. During the assault, Toomey shot an enemy fighter and threw a grenade at their position, causing the remaining insurgents to flee and abandon fighting the Marines for the remainder of the operation.



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This work, San Francisco Marine awarded Bronze Star for heroism in Afghanistan [Image 5 of 5], by Sgt Jacob Harrer, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:04.18.2013

Date Posted:04.19.2013 19:11

Photo ID:910839

VIRIN:130418-M-XZ121-029

Resolution:5184x3456

Size:3.85 MB

Location:MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, CA, USGlobe

Hometown:SAN FRANCISCO, CA, US

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San Francisco Marine awarded Bronze Star for heroism in Afghanistan

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