Honor Grads Selected for TBS C Co.

The Marine Corps Association & Foundation presented five awards to honor graduates from The Basic School during the Charlie Company graduation at Marine Corps Base Quantico Little Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013.

The Marine Corps Association & Foundation sponsors the honor graduate awards for each TBS Company, as well as awards for many enlisted and officer training schools.

2dLt Timothy Maurer earned the 1stLt Baldomero Lopez Honor Graduate Award. The namesake honor graduate award is in remembrance of 1stLt Baldomero Lopez’s actions during the amphibious assault of Inchon during the Korean War in 1950. When he was leading his Marines over the seawall, he was shot in the chest while holding a live grenade. Without the strength to throw it, he cradled the grenade to protect his Marines from the explosion.

Also, congratulations to 2dLt Nathaniel Kaine for the Leadership Award, 2dLt Santiago Munozotalvaro for the Military Skills Award and 2dLt Craig Waldman for the Colonel William B. Lemly Award for Academics.

The TBS honor graduate awards are presented through the MCA&F Marine Excellence Awards Program. Each year MCA&F gives awards to recognize nearly 11,000 deserving Marines and provides about 97 percent of all awards distributed in the Corps outside the USMC awards system. The program offers tangible recognition of professional accomplishments and recognizes the honor graduates throughout the Marine Corps officer and enlisted formal schools.