Photo by Bill W. Love

On Jan. 1, 2005, the men of 4th Platoon, Small Craft Company, 1st Marine Division were ambushed while on patrol along the Euphrates River in western Iraq. It was the quick thinking and valor of Petty Officer 2nd Class Juan M. Rubio, the unit’s Navy corpsman, that allowed three injured men to get medical attention in time, and brought together a unit in the midst of chaos.

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