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Slain Md. sailor buried as hero at Arlington

Friday - 4/25/2014, 6:01pm  ET

The family of U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Mayo, of Hagerstown, Md., release doves during a burial at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Friday, April 25, 2014. Mayo was killed aboard the USS Mahan at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., after he dove in front of another sailor to protect her from a civilian truck driver who had seized her gun. Mayo was awarded the Navy Marine Corps Medal, the highest non-combatant decoration for heroism by a sailor or Marine. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) -- A sailor from western Maryland who was shot and killed protecting another sailor aboard a Navy destroyer has been laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Mayo of Hagerstown was buried Friday.

The 24-year-old sailor was posthumously awarded the Navy Marine Corps Medal. That's the highest noncombatant decoration for heroism by a sailor or Marine.

The vice chief of naval operations, Admiral Mark Ferguson, presented the award to Mayo's family before the burial. The citation says Mayor acted with total disregard for his own safety when he dove between another sailor and a civilian truck driver who authorities say had seized her gun aboard the USS Mahan at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., on March 24.

The Navy says Mayo's actions saved the lives of four others.


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