A Marine from La Porte will receive the Navy Cross for “fearless leadership” during a 2010 attack on his patrol base in Afghanistan.
Marine Sgt. Christopher Farias, 26, of La Porte, will receive the Navy Cross for his bravery in Afghanistan.
Despite suffering multiple shrapnel wounds, a concussion and a broken clavicle bone, Sgt. Christopher Farias, 26, climbed onto a roof to lead a counterattack, drawing enemy fire away from his fellow Marines.
Farias’ actions repelled the Taliban ambush and allowed a helicopter to land and evacuate his injured comrades.
The sergeant only left the rooftop once the battle had ended. He then walked, unaided, more than a mile to an evacuation site.
A year later, Farias found out that he’d been nominated for the Navy Cross. The Navy Cross is one of the military’s highest decorations for valor, second only to the Medal of Honor.
Bravo Zulu, Marine.
URR, Chaplain Dave, please take note of his unit.