Local Marine received Bronze Star Medal for heroic actions in Afghanistan

Marine led squad after leader wounded

DELANO, Calif. - A local Marine has received a medal for his heroic actions in Afghanistan.

Corporal Jorge Salazar of Delano, has received the Bronze Star Medal with Combat "V" for valor.

According to reports, Salazar led his squad after his squad leader was wounded by an improvised explosive device. He directed the fire of his squad even after his legs were severed by a subsequent IED blast.

Watch Salazar talk about his actions and what it means to him to receive the medal below:

The Bronze Star Medal is an individual military award of the United States Armed Forces. It may be awarded for acts of heroism, acts of merit, or meritorious service in a combat zone. When awarded for acts of heroism, the medal is awarded with the "V" device.

The medal is sometimes referred to as the Bronze Star and is the fifth-highest combat  decoration and the tenth highest U.S. military award in order of precedence.

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