Marine receives award for rescuing young girl
By Cpl. Devin Nichols
| | January 14, 2014
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. --
With the arrival of the weekend, Marines and their friends gathered together to
head to North Topsail Beach, N.C.
This particular Saturday couldn’t be a
better day to hit the beach. The sky was clear and the sun was radiant, calmed
by the sound of crashing waves.
It was a relaxing way to enjoy a summer
In the midst of the calm and relaxing weekend Cpl. Brian E.
Babineau, a Gardner, Mass., native and a warehouse clerk with Supply Company,
2nd Supply Battalion, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, and his friends were lying on
the beach when they heard a scream.
The Marines stood up, curious of
where the scream came from.
“An older woman yelled from next to us ‘help
there is a girl drowning out there’,” said Babineau. “As soon as I heard that I
started to run to the water and dove in.”
Without hesitation Babineau
swam to the young girl screaming from far out in the ocean.
“When I got
to her she was in a panic and was thrashing around,” said Babineau. “I told her
to relax and put your arms around my neck, and then with my left arm I trapped
her body against mine and started to swim back with her.”
The waves were
massive and the young girl was trapped in a rip current, but that didn’t stop
“It was a really strong current and it started to take me in,” said
Babineau. “I had to keep myself calm while I was swimming so I didn’t freak out.
Then I told her when the waves come crashing to hold her breath so she doesn’t
swallow any water. It took me 10 to 15 minutes to get back to the beach. Once we
got closer to shore I started to use my feet to push myself closer to land, so I
turned her in front of me so that she didn’t get hit by anymore waves. When we
reached land she ran straight to her father.”
The little girl calmed down
realizing she was safe and thanked Babineau for his actions.
months later Babineau was recognized for his actions on the beach that day.
Here, at the French Creek barracks Jan. 10. a formation consisting of Supply
Battalion Marines and sailors came to attention as Babineau received the Navy
Commendation Medal for his heroic engagements on July 14, 2013.
you what, I have been looking forward to giving this award out ever since we
have been moving it up the [chain of command],” said Lt. Col. Jesse A. Kemp, the
commanding officer of 2nd Supply Battalion, 2nd MLG. “This is truly an
inspiration, this is probably one of the most inspirational awards that I have
had the personal pleasure of delivering, and that includes some combat awards I
have given as well.”
After Babineau received his award, the battalion
commander gathered the service members together and used him as an example of
“It’s about being willing to act, and that’s why Cpl.
Babineau’s actions were so inspirational,” said Kemp. “What he did was prove
that we are Marines 24/7 and our training and character can kick in at any
“It felt good when the Marines congratulated me after I received
the award,” said Babineau. “It’s truly a blessing.”
259 days ago
Marines are true heroes, I'm Australian and we think very highly of you all, what an amazing man and inspiration, We truly should thank God for the US Marines,