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10/2/08

Local Fallen Soldier Honored With Bronze Star

Thursday marks the one year anniversary of the death of a Lubbock soldier, Mark Cannon. The Marine Corps honored him Thursday with the Bronze Star Medal with Valor, the fourth highest honor in the Navy. 

"We are here today to award the bronze star medal with valor to Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Mark R. Cannon," said Lt. Commander Jeffrey Linville as family and friends gathered to honor a man who gave his life for others.

"Somehow it's fitting I guess that he died doing what he was trained to do, and what he wanted to be doing, and that's helping people," said Mark Cannon's fater, Tom Cannon. 

Mark Cannon worked at Covenant Medical Center for 6 years, and enjoyed his career in the medical field, but after 9/11 he decided he wanted to serve his country. "He wanted to do this. He didn't have to go. He volunteered," said the elder Cannon. 

When he went to enlist as a Navy Hospital Corpsman, Cannon's father says the seargent asked him if he thought he could fireman carry a marine out of a battle zone. Mark's response, he said, was that he could carry two. 

During Cannon's second tour of duty in Afghanistan, one of the men in his unit was injured during battle. "Corpsman Cannon, rather than seeking cover and concealment remained exposed as he maneuvered to treat Corporate Parish's wounds," said Linville. 

The man he risked his life to save survived.  Now, although he maybe gone, Mark Cannon is honored and remembered.

Cannon is also honored through an endowed scholarship at Texas Tech University. The fund supports students working towards a pre-professional degree in health care and who have expressed an interest in helping children.

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