White House petition asks for Mark Mayo to receive Medal of Honor

Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Mark A. Mayo, 24

Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Mark A. Mayo, 24

A well-intentioned petition has been posted on the White House’s web site asking that Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Mark Mayo receive the Medal of Honor after he was shot to death protecting another sailor at Naval Station Norfolk last week.

However military experts say he does not qualify for the honor because his death aboard the USS Mahan did not occur during combat, according to the Navy Times.

Mayo may be eligible for a very rare Navy and Marine Corps Medal.

That medal ranks below the Silver Star and Distinguished Flying Cross, but above the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and Meritorious Service Medal.

Read more at the Navy Times.

 Related: Murder on the Mahan: Who did the shooter work for?

 

5 comments

  • Steve Laird

    No. The Medal is for far more than what he did. I am not taking away from what he did but to award it to him would take away from what others have done to earn the highest medal in the nation.

  • Bill Johnson

    The Navy-Marine Corps medal is very fitting, it is a most high honor, if people would look it up and read what the medal is awarded for and the ranking it has, this would be understood more clearly. I salute Petty Officer Mayo for the ultimate sacrifice.

  • Stormy Dodson

    Well,I do believe he is going to recieve the Navy-Marine Corp Medal which is GREAT!

    I still can’t believe you’re gone Mark.I keep expecting you to pop around the corner at me any minute!!Burying you tomorrow is going to be really hard,and I’m not ready for it!! :( miss you <3

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