One of the highest ways to honor bravery in combat is the awarding of the Bronze star.
A Navy corpsman from Washington state received the prestigious award on Tuesday for his heroic actions while serving in Afghanistan.
Husband and father of two, Michael Marchante risked his own life to rescue a soldier from the Republic of Georgia. The soldier stepped on an IED and was left open, vulnerable to the enemy.
Without regard to his own safety, Marchante rushed to his aid. He used his own body to shield the Georgia soldier from bullets landing only inches away.
"I was just doing my job. I know that any other corpsman out there would have done the same thing I did," Marchante said. "When something like that happens you just fall back on your training, do what you were taught to do."
This wasn't an isolated incident, either. The Navy reports that Marchante is directly responsible for saving the lives of 14 Georgian soldiers.