NEWwbztv-small wbz-am-small 985-small mytv38web2

Local

Honor For Hero Marine From Groton Killed In Afghanistan

View Comments
(photo credit: Lowell Sun)

William Woitowicz was killed in Afghanistan in June 2011. (photo credit: Lowell Sun)

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up

GROTON, Mass. (AP) — The military is awarding its third-highest combat decoration to a U.S. Marine from Massachusetts who was killed after saving colleagues in battle in Afghanistan.

Sgt. William Woitowicz
of Groton was killed on June 7 after opening fire on Taliban fighters and exposing himself to hostile gunfire to enable fellow Marines and Afghan commandos move to safety in a village controlled by insurgents. The 23-year-old was given a Purple Heart and promoted posthumously to sergeant.

Nearly 100 relatives, friends and Marines  were at the National Museum of Marine Corps in Quantico, Va., to witness the Silver Star presentation to Woitowicz’ family.

Woitowicz was assigned to 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Special Operations Regiment, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,989 other followers