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LCpl Andrew Bickerstaff

History in the USMC
Lance Corporal Andrew Bickerstaff is a 2003 graduate of Satellite High School in Satellite Beach, Florida. He joined the Marine Corps in June 2003 and reported for basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C. He then completed Marine Combat Training at Camp Pendleton, CA, before reporting to Assault Amphibious School.

In 2005, while serving with the 4th Amphibious Assault Vehicle Battalion in Tampa, Fla., Lance Cpl. Bickerstaff deployed to Iraq's Al Anbar Province in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Lance Cpl. Bickerstaff was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat "V" for his life-saving actions on May 8, 2005. While conducting clearing operations, Lance Cpl. Bickerstaff ignored the constant danger of close range enemy small arms fire, exited his assault vehicle and ran 30 meters across exposed ground. He collected the first Marine and returned him to his vehicle. He then braved enemy fire two additional times to rescue the two remaining Marines from the kill zone.

He is currently a student at Valencia Community College in Orlando, Fla.

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