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Daniel W. Puckett


Navy and Marine Corps Medal

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The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy and Marine Corps Medal to Lance Corporal Daniel W. Puckett, United States Marine Corps, for heroism while serving a First Team Leader, Second Squad, First Platoon, Company C, First Battalion, Sixth Marine Regiment, SECOND Marine Division. On 9 August 2009, while at Emerald Isle Beach, North Carolina, Lance Corporal Puckett noticed two men had been swept off of a sand bar by a rip current and were fighting for their lives in the Atlantic Ocean. With complete disregard for his own safety, Lance Corporal Puckett quickly reacted to the two men's cry for help. Swimming 100 meters through the tide to the two drowning men, he quickly determined which of the men was in the most critical condition. Relying on his training as a water safety qualified swimmer, he quickly began to calm the first victim informing him that he was a qualified lifeguard and was there to help. He then applied a double arm level off technique and began to tow the first drowning man back to the beach. Once the first victim was safe, though he was exhausted, Lance Corporal Puckett quickly located the second man and again plunged into the water. He attempted to calm the second victim. When unable to calm the man and understanding the severity of the situation, Lance Corporal Puckett once again applied the proper technique and began the daunting task of towing the second man to safety. Upon arriving at the beach, Lance Corporal Pucket began to check the men for any injuries that would require medical attention. After determining that both men were in good health, Lance Corporal Puckett left the men to return to their families. By his courageous and prompt actions in the face of great personal risk, Lance Corporal Puckett reflected great credit upon himself and the Marine Corps and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: August 9, 2009

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Lance Corporal

Company: Company C

Battalion: 1st Battalion

Regiment: 6th Marines

Division: 2d Marine Division