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Member Of Combat Devastated Lima Company Awarded Bronze Star

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Nearly 150 members of an Ohio Marine unit stood silently in formation last night to honor one of their own.

Members of Columbus-based Lima Company solemnly watched as Marine officials pinned the Bronze Star on Lance Corporal Beau Links' camouflage fatigues.

The 23-year-old Links received the medal for his heroic actions while fighting in Iraq last year.

Despite being severely wounded, he advanced on enemy combatants during a fire fight and held his position until reinforcements arrived.

Links still caries scars on his forearm and walks with a limp, but he's confident he'll make a full recovery.

The award is a welcome bright spot for the hard-hit Lima Company, which lost 16 members in combat in Iraq.

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