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Under Secretary of the Navy Robert Work awards the Navy Cross to Cpl. Christopher B. Farias during an award ceremony here, May 18. Farias received the nation's second highest award for bravery for actions in Kajaki district, Afghanistan. On Oct. 5, 2010, Farias and his squad were struck by a 73-millimeter recoilless rifle and received fire from three enemy positions during a night ambush. Farias received a concussion and was wounded by shrapnel but exposed himself on a rooftop to direct suppressive fire, allowing casualties to be evacuated. Farias remained in the fight until an airstrike ended the engagement. After the firefight, Farias walked while bleeding more than 2,000 meters to a pickup point.
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Jan 1, 2000
Camp Pendleton, Ca - Under Secretary of the Navy Robert Work awards the Navy Cross to Cpl. Christopher B. Farias during an award ceremony here, May 18. Farias received the nation's second highest award for bravery for actions in Kajaki district, Afghanistan. On Oct. 5, 2010, Farias and his squad were struck by a 73-millimeter recoilless rifle and received fire from three enemy positions during a night ambush. Farias received a concussion and was wounded by shrapnel but exposed himself on a rooftop to direct suppressive fire, allowing casualties to be evacuated. Farias remained in the fight until an airstrike ended the engagement. After the firefight, Farias walked while bleeding more than 2,000 meters to a pickup point.


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