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NAVY HONORS A FALLEN HERO

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Mark A. Mayo Engaged Shooter at Norfolk
By Harold Hutchison

A sailor assigned to the guided missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG 72) who was fatally shot while protecting that vessel will be receiving the Navy’s highest non-combat decoration for heroism. Mark A. Mayo’s family will be presented with the Navy and Marine Corps Medal that he has been posthumously awarded.

According to a Navy press release, Master at Arms Second Class Mark A. Mayo will be buried Friday at Arlington National Cemetery, where the award will be presented. Mayo was killed when a man forced his way on to Norfolk Naval Base, and attempted to board the Mahan. When confronted by security personnel, a struggle ensued, and the intruder seized one of the security guards’ guns. In the ensuing shootout, Mayo was fatally wounded while the suspect was also killed. A request to the Public Affair Office at the Norfolk Naval Base for a complete list of Mayo’s other decorations was not responded to as of this writing, but an official portrait released by the showed Mayo had been awarded the National Defense Service Medal in the past.

Other notable people who have been awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal include John F. Kennedy, who received the award for his actions after the sinking of PT 109, Carl Brashear, the first African-American Master Diver, and James E. Williams, who is the most-decorated sailor in U.S. Navy history.