Sgt. Clinton Ahlquist was killed on Feb. 20, 2007, by a bomb just moments after helping a wounded machine gunner to safety, authorities said in a news release. On Nov. 12, 2008, he was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star with Combat "V" for heroic service in Ramadi, Iraq, while serving as a squad leader in the Camp Pendleton-based 1st Marine Expeditionary Force.
“Sergeant Ahlquist died performing noble deeds, serving and protecting his fellow countrymen," said U.S. Rep. John Salazar of Colorado shortly after Clinton's death. "Clinton and his family and friends have exhibited a rare form of selflessness and courage. "
The Bronze Star will be presented to Ahlquist's mother, Barbara, officlals stated in the news release.
The family of the Creede, Colo., native was unaware he had been awarded the honor until earlier this summer, when Alquist's former platoon commander, Capt. Richard S. Jahelka, told Barbara Ahlquist about the Bronze Star. Jahelka immediately started planning for the ceremony, according to military officials.