Kansas Marine awarded for saving Okinawan life
U.S. Marine Sgt. Jacob J. Baumann, left, and Hajime Nakama, the Mayor of Kin Town, pose for a photo with an award Sgt. Baumann received March 6 on Camp Hansen. Baumann, from Junction City, Kansas, was awarded for helping save the life an elderly Okinawan Gentlemen Dec. 23. Baumann was driving his car near Camp Hansen, where he is stationed, when he saw someone riding a bike fall and not get up. Because of Baumann’s military training, he realized the man’s heartbeat was irregular so he began CPR. He resuscitated the man before the paramedics arrived to take over for Baumann. Because of his actions, Baumann received an award from Kin Town’s fire and emergency services as well as the Navy and Marine Corps achievement medal. “I would like to thank (Sgt. Baumann) for his quick actions that helped to save a life,” said Nakama. “I think that he is a positive role model for his fellow Marines.” Baumann is a fire support man with Headquarters Battery, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force.