July 2005

Bronze Star Weighs Heavily on Hero's Heart

Volume 88, Issue 7

A medal is no fair exchange for a best friend.

That's how a Camp Pendleton, Calif, Bronze Star Medal winner summed up his award.

Lance Corporal Randy B. Lake, a rifleman with Company I, 3d Battalion, First Marine Regiment, was awarded the medal with combat "V," May 2. It marked his relentless push amid exploding enemy grenades aimed at routing holed-up insurgents and his extraction of a wounded friend who later died from his injuries.

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