Marines rapidly respond to injured Okinawa resident
OKINAWA, Japan -- On the night of Feb. 18, three Marines reacted quickly and selflessly to provide aid to an injured man.
An Okinawa resident was crossing Route 58 near Onna Village when a moped struck him. Three Marines, Staff Sgts. Anthony J. Sanders and Jon Joyce along with Sgt. Joshua K. Kuykendall, noticed the man who appeared to be injured lying in the road on their way home and rushed to provide aid.
“We were headed back to Camp Schwab after enjoying dinner in American Village,” said Staff Sgt. Anthony J. Sanders, a recovery chief with Amphibious Assault Company, Combat Assault Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force. “We saw the man lying in the road and first-responders hadn’t arrived yet. (He) looked like he needed help.”
With help from other good Samaritans, the Marines created a safety area around the injured man and proceeded to provide appropriate aid using various items they had on hand.
The assistance they provided was greatly appreciated, according to Capt. Yoshimitsu Ginoza, a paramedic with the Onna Detachment, Kin District Fire Station.
They used pieces of clothing to brace the victim’s head and neck, according to Sgt. Joshua K. Kuykendall, a quality control chief with Amphibious Assault Co. They used a backpack to help brace his back and, when he began to shiver, a sweater was used to keep the victim warm.
The Marines credit the variety of training they received while in the Marine Corps for their ability to provide appropriate aid.
Knowledge attained during recruit training, field training and numerous safety procedures followed daily provided the understanding and skills necessary for the precarious situation, according to Kuykendall.
“We acted together as a team, helping each other to help the injured man,” added Kuykendall.
By aiding an injured stranger, the three Marines epitomized multiple Marine Corps leadership traits, according to Capt. Tyrel L. Campbell, the executive officer of Amphibious Assault Co.
“Those Marines lending a hand to a person in need exemplifies our warrior ethos and promulgates an environment of trust for our entire branch of service,” said Campbell. “Regardless of what nationality, ethnic background or religious preference, Marines serve others wherever they are. The globe in our coveted emblem represents worldwide service – it is what Marines do.”