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Marine honored for Afghanistan counterattack

Marine honored for leading squad in counterattack during bloody Afghanistan firefight By The Associated Press

SAN DIEGO (AP) ' A Marine based out of Camp Pendleton in Southern California has been awarded the Silver Star for courageous service in the war in Afghanistan.

U-T San Diego reports ( ) that Sgt. Philip McCulloch Jr. was honored Friday for his actions in a bloody battle in Sangin, Afghanistan. The Silver Star is the nation's third-highest medal for valor in combat.

The firefight began while McCulloch's unit was out on a security patrol. McCulloch says they were surrounded.

He was honored for leading his squad in a counterattack that left the fields of Sangin littered with bodies of Taliban fighters.

Nicknamed the "prodigy," McCulloch is known as a thorough and thoughtful leader.

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