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Navy Cross awarded to family of Marine killed in Afghanistan

January 17, 2012 |  2:03 pm


In a ceremony Tuesday at Camp Pendleton, the secretary of the Navy presented the Navy Cross for bravery to the family of a Marine killed in Afghanistan.

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus presented the medal to Jim and Carla Hogan, whose son, Lance Cpl. Donald Hogan, was killed Aug. 26, 2009, while saving Marines from the explosion of a roadside  bomb.

“The actions of Lance Cpl. Donald Hogan place him in the company of the finest and bravest Marines in the nation’s history,” Mabus said. “He is now part of Marine Corps lore.”

Hogan, 20, pushed one Marine to safety and yelled for others to flee when he spotted the trip wire of a bomb while his squad was on a walking patrol in the Nawa district in Helmand province, long a Taliban stronghold.

Also Tuesday, the Marine Corps dedicated a new barracks named after Hogan. The Hogan family lives in San Clemente.


--Tony Perry at Camp Pendleton

Photo: Lance Cpl. Donald Hogan. Credit: Associated Press