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San Francisco Marine awarded Bronze Star for heroism in Afghanistan

Lieutenant Col. Tim Bairstow, the commanding officer of 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, and a native of Thousand Oaks, Calif., pins the Bronze Star Medal with a Combat V on the chest of Cpl. Michael P. Toomey, a rifleman serving with 2nd Bn., 5th Marines, during an award 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.



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This work, San Francisco Marine awarded Bronze Star for heroism in Afghanistan [Image 4 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:910840

VIRIN:130418-M-XZ121-044

Resolution:5184x3456

Size:4.71 MB

Location:MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, CA, USGlobe

Hometown:SAN FRANCISCO, CA, US

Hometown:THOUSAND OAKS, CA, US

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San Francisco Marine awarded Bronze Star for heroism in Afghanistan

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