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Marine officer receives Bronze Star for leading attacks in Afghanistan

August 29, 2009 |  8:28 am


A Marine officer at Camp Pendleton has received the Bronze Star for bravery for leading multiple assaults on Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan.

Maj. James W. Eagan III was a platoon commander with the 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion in southern Afghanistan in 2007. While other Marines were assigned to help tutor Afghan security forces, the Special Operations forces were assigned to seek out and confront the Taliban.

The Bronze Star citation signed by Marine Commandant Gen. James Conway says that Eagan was at the forefront of multiple attacks and reconnaissance patrols and 29 battles during Operation Scorpion. His actions "directly contributed" to killing 332 Taliban and wounding another 83.

The award was made Friday.

-- Tony Perry in San Diego.

Photo: Major James W. Eagan III. Credit: Marine Corps