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Marine from Camp Pendleton receives Silver Star for bravery in Afghanistan

A Marine from Camp Pendleton has been awarded a Silver Star for bravery during a Taliban attack in Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt. Paul Worley, 30, from Eden, N.C., was part of a Marine unit that came under Taliban attack with sniper fire, rockets and rocket-propelled grenades on June 12, 2010, in the Laki district, long a Taliban stronghold.

"He repeatedly exposed himself to enemy fire to accurately direct his squad's fires and suppress the enemy fighting positions, enabling his squad to move to establish security in several compounds," according to the Silver Star citation.

During the five-hour gun battle, Worley raced between compounds to resupply machine-gunners with ammunition. Wounded in the leg, he refused to be evacuated until a more seriously wounded Marine received help.

Despite being wounded, Worley continued to move through the battlefield "inspiring his squad through personal bravery in the face of continued effective enemy direct fire," according to the citation.

Worley was a squad leader with the Combined Anti-Armor Team 1, Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Regimental Combat Team 7.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Staff Sgt. Worley receives a Silver Star during a ceremony this week at Camp Pendleton. Credit: Marine Corps


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