Two corpsmen put their medical skills to use when they happened upon an unconscious man during convoy operations in Djibouti.
Local nationals flagged down members of Battalion Landing Team 3/2, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, on May 23 to help the young man, an apparent drowning victim who was not breathing when the sailors arrived, a Defense Department release said.
Chief Hospital Corpsman (FMF/PJ) Adrian Figueroa and Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class James Haddenham were able to resuscitate the man and get him to Arta City Hospital, where is expected to recover, the release said.
“The actions of our corpsmen on the beach were heroic and epitomize the phrase ‘no better friend’ that is often attributed to Marines,” said Col. Matthew St. Clair, 26th MEU commanding officer. “I am extremely proud of what they did to provide critical life-saving care to the local Djiboutian youth.”
The 26th MEU is based in Camp Lejeune, N.C.