Cpl. Gurpreet Singh, an Antelope resident killed in combat in 2011, recently received the Bronze Star in ceremonies at Camp Pendleton.
Singh, serving his second tour with the Marines, was 21 when he died in combat in Afghanistan.
The U.S. Department of Defense said Singh died from wounds he suffered in Helmand province. He was an infantryman with the 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division.
His family attended ceremonies May 30 in which he received the Bronze Star with Combat V for valor posthumously for heroic service. Singh has already received the Purple Heart and other ribbons and medals for his service.
Born in 1989 in Punjab state in India, he immigrated to the United States with his family as a 10-year-old.
He grew up in Antelope and joined the Marines in 2007 after graduating from Oakmont High School in Roseville. He trained at Camp Pendleton before going to Afghanistan.
His sister, Manpreet Kaur, who attended the ceremonies, said in a military Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System story about the Bronze Star ceremony that her brother was inspired by the history of Sikh warriors.
"When he was younger, he always looked up to people who fought wars," she said. "He would see the military men who sacrificed so much and would look up to them. He admired the courage of how people in the military could be facing death, but would choose not to run away from it."
He joined the Marines at age 17, enlisting as an infantryman. In 2009 he deployed to Afghanistan, where he survived firefights during his first combat tour.
He deployed again and was serving as a fire team leader, leading fellow Marines on patrols in Helmand province. He was struck on his body armor by small-arms fire on June 4, 2011. Then, on June 22, 2011, while leading Marines through a dangerous zone, he was hit and killed by enemy fire.
"He is a brave man and it humbles me as a leader to lead Marines like that," said Capt. Ryan Hunt, the Bravo Company commander during Singh's deployment.
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