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Slain Hagerstown Sailor To Be Honored For Heroism

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A local sailor who was shot and killed aboard a Navy destroyer while trying to protect another will be honored by the Navy for his bravery.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Mayo, 24, of Hagerstown, Md., will be awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal, the Navy's highest non-combat decoration awarded for heroism.

The Navy says Mayo was shot and killed aboard the USS Mahan after he dove in front of another sailor to protect her from a civilian truck driver who had seized her gun.

Vice Adm. Mark Ferguson, vice chief of naval operations, will present the award to Mayo's family in a private ceremony on Friday prior to Mayo's burial at Arlington National Cemetery.

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