Okinawa Marine awarded Navy Achievement Medal for saving woman bitten by snake

Okinawa Marine awarded Navy Achievement Medal for saving woman bitten by snake

by Cpl. Brandon Salas
U.S. Marine Corps

Sgt. John James, a motor vehicle operator with Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), poses for a photo with Tokiko Ahuso and her daughter Hirono Ikehara after being awarded the Navy Achievement Medal at Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan, Dec 23, 2020. James was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal for saving Tokiko Ahuso, a local Kin Town resident, after she was bitten by a habu viper on Nov. 6. The 31st MEU, the Marine Corps’ only continuously forward-deployed MEU, provides a flexible and lethal force ready to perform a wide range of military operations as the premier crisis response force in the Indo-Pacific region.

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