Marines and sailors who put their lives at risk to save their comrades during a December terrorist attack on a Florida military base will receive awards for heroism and those killed or injured in the shooting will also be awarded Purple Hearts, Navy announced Monday.
Ensign Joshua Watson, Naval Aircrewmen (Mechanical) 3rd Class Mohammed Haitham and Cameron S. Walters, who were killed by a Saudi officer who opened fire at Naval Air Station Pensacola on Dec. 6, will posthumously be awarded Purple Heart medals. Eight others injured in the attack will also receive the award, since federal investigators determined the attack was an act of terrorism after the shooter was found to have been inspired by jihadi ideology.
※Naval Aircrewmen Mechanical:
AWF, members of a fixed wing integrated tactical crew.
The lowest commissioned officer in the navy.
Ensign ranks above a chief warrant officer 5 and below a lieutenant junior grade.