Rear Admiral Jesus C. Millan, commander of Naval Forces Western Mindanao (NFWM) on Wednesday awarded medals to two Marines who were wounded during an ambush staged by Abu Sayyaf bandits at Sitio Bakud, Barangay Bid, Parang Sulu last February 11.
Sgt. Ramon E RegodonJr. and Pirvate Junelroy C. Belmonte were awarded the Wounded Personnel Medal (WPM) during a simple ceremony at Camp Navarro General Hospital (CNGH), where they are currently undergoing treatment and medication for gunshot and shrapnel wounds.
The two soldiers were among the casualties when a group of some 30 Abu Sayyaf gunmen ambushed the convoy of Marine Battalion Landing Team 9 personnel, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Junior Chamber International (JCI) volunteers around 11:00 a.m.
The convoy was on its way back to Jolo town proper from a tree planting activity in Parang when the ambushed was staged.
The Marines were able to gallantly repel the ambush, depriving the ASG from inflicting more casualties, especially among the civilians in the convoy.
During the ceremony, Rear Admiral Millan expressed admiration to the two marines who put their lives on risk in an effort to achieve lasting peace in the area. The ceremony was witnessed by Commander, Combat Service Support Brigade (C,CSSBde), CNGH staff and officers and men of Naval Forces Western Mindanao.