- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 17, 2014

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) - A gunnery sergeant from Florida whose actions saved the lives of fellow and Afghan fighters in 2012 will receive posthumously the Navy Cross during a ceremony at Camp Lejeune.

The Navy’s second-highest award will be given Tuesday to the family of Gunnery Sgt. Jonathan W. Gifford, a native of Palm Bay, Fla. The military says Gifford was serving as a chief for a Marine Special Operations team when he was killed in Afghanistan in July 2012.

Gen. John M. Paxton Jr., assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, will present the award to Gifford’s family.

Gifford was a member of the 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion.

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