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2 Marines to receive the Navy Cross posthumously

This phocombo provided by U.S. Marine Corps shows Marine Capt. Matthew P. Manoukian left Staff Sgt. Sky R. Mote who

This photo combo provided by the U.S. Marine Corps shows Marine Capt. Matthew P. Manoukian, left, and Staff Sgt. Sky R. Mote who will both posthumously receive the Navy Cross for actions while deployed to Afghanistan in 2012. The awards will be received by the families of the two during a ceremony Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/US Marine Corps)

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CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) — Two Marines who were killed in Afghanistan during an insider attack will receive the Navy Cross.

Capt. Matthew Manoukian and Staff Sgt. Sky Mote will be honored Saturday afternoon in a ceremony at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

The men were killed in 2012 after a uniformed Afghan officer began shooting at Marines from inside their compound. The Navy says Mote and Manoukian fired back at the shooter, preventing other Marines from getting hurt.

Mote was an explosive ordnance disposal technician and Manoukian was a team commander. Both were from Northern California and were part of the 1st Marines Special Operations Battalion.

The men were the 15th and 16th Marines to receive the Navy Cross, the Navy’s highest honor and the military’s second highest honor.

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