Okinawa Marine who saved drowning pregnant woman gets service’s highest award for noncombat valor

Marine Maj. William Easter, right, receives the Navy and Marine Corps Medal from III Marine Expeditionary Force commander Lt. Gen. H. Stacy Clardy at Camp Courtney, Okinawa, Feb. 14, 2020. HANNAH HALL/U.S. MARINE CORPS
Marine Maj. William Easter, right, receives the Navy and Marine Corps Medal from III Marine Expeditionary Force commander Lt. Gen. H. Stacy Clardy at Camp Courtney, Okinawa, Feb. 14, 2020. HANNAH HALL/U.S. MARINE CORPS

Okinawa Marine who saved drowning pregnant woman gets service’s highest award for noncombat valor

by Matthew M. Burke
Stars and Stripes

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — An Okinawa Marine who saved a drowning pregnant woman caught in a rip current in 2018 has been awarded the service’s highest award for valor in a noncombat situation.

Maj. William Easter received the Navy and Marine Corps Medal from III Marine Expeditionary Force commander Lt. Gen. H. Stacy Clardy III in a ceremony Feb. 14 at unit headquarters aboard Camp Courtney, a Marine Corps statement said.

Easter, the III MEF theater security cooperation officer from Beaufort, S.C., was also recognized for his heroism by the Japanese mayor of Chatan in January 2019.

“I think I’m just as brave as anybody else in the military,” Easter said in the statement. “I was just the right person at the right time. I’m certain there are any number of people here, who are also the right people, and would have done the same thing.”

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