Silver Star Cpl Sean Stokes

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Cpl Sean Stokes

Sean A. Stokes, U.S. Marine Corporal recently killed in Iraq, fought insurgents with his fellow Marines in Fallujah even while hiding shrapnel wounds on his arms and legs, said a writer embedded with Stokes' platoon in 2004.

Stokes' platoon and its' role in the fight for Fallujah is the subject of a History Channel documentary, "Shootout, D-Day Fallujah," which first aired in summer 2005. "He actually hid his wounds so he could stay with the rest of the guys," said Patrick O'Donnell, author of the book "We Were One" and one of the documentary writers. "That's (cause for) an immediate evacuation" from the field if platoon leaders discover the wounds, he said. Stokes, 24, died Monday, 30 July 2007 from wounds suffered while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, according to a United States Department of Defense press release. Corporal Stokes received the Silver Star for his actions.