Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Bronze Cross Medal for Marines at Ayungin Shoal
In this file photo taken Mar. 29, 2014 Philippine Marines a members of a military detachment stationed aboard the BRP Sierra Madre, wave and smile as Philippine Supply Ship approaches on the disputed Second Thomas Shoal, part of the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea Mar. 29, 2014. On Monday Mar. 31, 2014 the military bestowed them the Bronze Cross Medal. There were 9 of them who were relieved during the weekend and replaced by a new set of Marines to watch the country's territory aboard the BRP Sierra Madre. The military on Monday bestowed the Bronze Cross Medal to the 9 Philippine Marines personnel who were stationed for 5 months at the Ayungin Shoal in the West Philippine Sea.The Bronze Cross is given to uniformed and civilian personnel of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) as well as armed forces of friendly foreign nations to recognize performance or acts of heroism. The act must involve risk of life under conditions than those of conflict with the enemy. The awarding ceremony was held at the Naval Forces West in Ulugan Bay in Palawan where the 9 Marine personnel were welcomed after being relieved from their posts. For 5 months the Marine forces led by Lt. Pilotera stayed at the BRP Sierra Madre which Philippine forces stationed in the area use their detachment. The aging ship has been aground on the disputed shoal which is known as the Ren Ai reef in China and the Ayungin Shoal in the Philippines since 1999.
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