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    East Chicago native, U.S. Marine recognized as top leader in California infantry battalion [Image 5 of 14]

    East Chicago native, U.S. Marine recognized as top leader in California infantry battalion

    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, CA, UNITED STATES

    02.21.2014

    Photo by Sgt. Jacob Harrer 

    1st Marine Division

    Staff Sgt. Mindo D. Estrella, platoon commander, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, shakes hands with Medal of Honor recipient, retired Col. Jay R. Vargas, after Estrella received the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal during an award ceremony at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 21, 2014. Vargas, who earned distinction while serving with 2nd Bn., 4th Marines in Vietnam, also congratulated Estrella for receiving the prestigious Sergeant Major Joseph J. Ellis Leadership Award. Estrella, a 31-year-old native of East Chicago, Ind., recently completed an eight-month deployment to Okinawa, Japan, as part of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. During his time in Japan, Estrella trained his Marines rigorously in martial arts and leadership. He received greater responsibilities than usual for his rank, and his current position is typically filled by a commissioned officer. During his career, Estrella deployed three times to Iraq, twice to Okinawa and once to Afghanistan. He is a recipient of the Purple Heart, Navy Commendation Medal, three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals with combat V for valor, and three Good Conduct Medals. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jacob H. Harrer / cleared for release)

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    Date Taken: 02.21.2014
    Date Posted: 02.25.2014 13:53
    Photo ID: 1173883
    VIRIN: 140221-M-XZ121-197
    Resolution: 3456x4992
    Size: 2.41 MB
    Location: MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, CA, US 
    Hometown: EAST CHICAGO, IN, US
    Hometown: ERIE, PA, US

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