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Family of Fallen Marine Receives High Honor

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The family of a fallen marine receives one of the military's highest honors, all while marines fight back tears.

FOX's Christian De La Rosa has the story.

It`s a rare sight, marines showing emotion consoling each other over the loss of one of their own.

That day, Marine Lance Corporal Steven Stevens, a sweeper, looked for underground explosives, guiding the infantry through enemy fire in Afghanistan.

Marine Staff Sgt. Lloyd Crabtree was there.

“They were met with immediate small arm he had to sweep through that," Crabtree said.

23-year-old Stevens was killed while doing his job, providing a safe way out for our troops on the ground.

"I would love to be as courageous as he was," Crabtree said.

That courage is being recognized with one of the highest military honors. The fallen marine's wife Monique Stevens and two-year-old son, who never met his father, accepted the Bronze Star on his behalf.

"It warmed my heart to know that all of his work was honored, and not only that, but they took the time to let my family, all of us be a part of that. That's a feeling I can't describe. Even though he never got to meet him, he'll be able to be proud of him, hold his head high, and know his dad was a hero," Stevens said.

A hero for showing the type of bravery these marines say can only come through brotherhood.

"The cohesion, and how tight the Marines are, and how close they... that's what's helped the Marines deal with adversity," Crabtree said.

It`s why this day meant so much - not just for Stevens’ surviving family, but to his marines.

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