Medina native receives medal for saving wounded Afghan soldiers

On Friday, Nov. 30, US Naval Hospital Corpsman Third Class James Herkenhoff was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal of Commendation in San Diego, Calif.

US Naval Corpsman, Third Class, James Herkenhoff (in the center) serving in Afghanistan in January 2012.

US Naval Corpsman, Third Class, James Herkenhoff (in the center) serving in Afghanistan in January 2012.

The commendation was written by John A Toolan, Jr., Major General, US Marine Corps, Commanding General II Marines Expeditionary Force, and was awarded by the Department of the Navy:

“For meritorious achievement in the superior performance of his duties while serving as a corpsman, Company F, 2D Battalion, 4th Marines regimental Combat Team 6, 2D Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force on 9 January of 2012 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

“While conducting combat operations at a partnered patrol base, Hospital Corpsman Third Class Herkenhoff employed effective life saving techniques on six wounded members of the Afghan National Army. All casualties had sustained various gunshot wounds with four requiring immediate medical intervention in order to prevent death. He acted as the primary medical provider on the scene and effectively employed the marines in his squad in application of combat life saving techniques on the casualties. He rotated between patients to provide aid and ensure both immediate and sustained medical treatment. His decisive actions in treatment management ensured all casualties were properly medevaced as he undoubtedly saved the lives of the wounded soldiers. Hospital Corpsman Third Class Herkenhoff’s initiative, perseverance, and total dedication to duty reflected credit upon him and were in line in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.”

Herkenhoff, son of Jim and Linda Herkenhoff of Medina, is a 2008 Orono High School graduate and Eagle Scout of BSA Pack 206 of Long Lake.

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