Gary Stokes and Sean Stokes' fiancée, U.S. Marine Sgt. Nicole Besier, speak during a ceremony at Camp Pendleton Feb. 6, on what would have been Sean Stokes' 25th birthday.
Stokes is the first Marine Private since the Vietnam War to earn the medal, according to his father's research.
Sean's brother, Kevin Stokes, at left, and his father, Gary Stokes, accepted the Silver Star Medal during a ceremony at Camp Pendleton Feb. 6.
U.S. Marine Cpl. Sean Stokes was awarded the Silver Star Medal posthumously on Feb. 6 in a ceremony at Camp Pendleton. The Silver Star Medal is the third highest American military award when designated solely for heroism and valor in combat. The Lake of the Pines resident was killed while on his third tour of duty in Iraq on July 30 after stepping on an improvised explosive device.
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