Marine Sgt. David Nguyen Lam, right, is awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal at Camp Foster, Okinawa, Friday, Feb. 1, 2018. Lam gave first aid to an airman after a New Year's Eve motorcycle accident. (CARLOS VAZQUEZ/STARS AND STRIPES)
Marine Sgt. David Nguyen Lam, right, is awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal at Camp Foster, Okinawa, Friday, Feb. 1, 2018. Lam gave first aid to an airman after a New Year's Eve motorcycle accident. (CARLOS VAZQUEZ/STARS AND STRIPES)

Marines act fast after airman crashes motorcycle on Okinawa

by Carlos M. Vazquez II
Stars and Stripes

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — An Okinawa-based Marine sergeant was awarded a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal on Friday for rendering first aid to an Air Force airman injured in a New Year’s Eve motorcycle accident.

Airman 1st Class Chace Wozniak was touring in northern Okinawa that afternoon alongside a group of five Toyota Supras — including one driven by Sgt. David Nguyen Lam — when he collided with a pair of roadside barriers and a water pipe. His left femur and right arm were broken, and bones were protruding from his body.

Lam and other Marines involved that day recently told Stars and Stripes how they relied on their training and basic lifesaving skills to assist the injured airman.

Read more at: https://www.stripes.com/1.566861

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