Four enlisted sailors and four officers received the Navy and Marine Corps Medal, the service’s highest valor award for non-combat actions, according to a report by The Navy Times.
The newspaper reported that they received the honor for pursuing the gunman, helping personnel to shelter in place or evacuate, and providing medical care to wounded personnel on Sept. 16, 2013, when contractor Aaron Alexis killed 12 inside the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters.
“As a family, we grieved, and we continue to grieve,” said Mabus. “We gather here, again, as a family, to recognize the heroism of those we lost and the heroism of those who confronted evil on that day last fall.”
The recipients of the Navy and Marine Corps Medal:
- Capt. Timothy Crone
- Senior Chief Master-at-Arms Brandon Denison
- Capt. Edward Zawislak
- Lt. Cmdr. Michael Melia
- Capt. Christopher Mercer
- Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Denis Torres,
- MA2 Dominic Outlaw and MA2 Charles Pitt