COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – A Marine killed last year in a gun battle in Iraq and another who was wounded in a roadside bombing that killed two of his comrades were awarded Silver Stars at a ceremony Sunday.

Cpl. Mark Camp, 25, is a member of Lima Company, the hardest-hit unit of the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines, as was Sgt. David Wimberg, 24, of Louisville, Ky. Of the 48 members of the reserve battalion, based in the Cleveland suburb of Brook Park, who were killed, one-third were from Columbus-based Lima Company.

Camp, who grew up in Maine, was awarded the Silver Star for helping clear insurgents from a house where they had wounded four Marines, and for trying to pull from a burning troop carrier a Marine who later died from his wounds.

Camp, who was in the vehicle May 11, 2005, when the explosion went off, made the rescue attempt despite suffering severe burns to his hands and taking shrapnel in his leg.

Wimberg was killed when he rushed to break up an ambush May 25, 2005, in Hadithah.



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