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Marines awarded for Ta-Taki Falls flash flood rescue

U.S. Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sgt. Ronald Thomas and Master Sgt. Sara Thomas received Navy Marine Corps Commendation Medals on June 15, for their heroic actions in rescuing over a dozen people, including Okinawa residents, during heavy flooding near Ta-Taki Falls. The trek up to Ta-Taki Falls is a scenic trail taking participants alongside the Henan River with rope climbs and paths going in and around the running water. On September 13, 2020, a fun family outing turned dangerous when sudden rainfall caused the streams to quickly rise…
U.S. Marines, Sailors, civilians and their families pose for a photo after surviving a flash flood at Ta-Taki Falls, Okinawa, Japan, Sept. 13, 2020. The members of the group found themselves in a life-threatening situation and assisted each other and local nationals to return safely.

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Author: Lance Cpl. Natalie Greenwood

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