Stokes will awarded the Silver Star posthumously. It took this long to award him the Silver Star because he had gone AWOL and had a drug test come back positive for marijuana. The Corps had flagged him and so he was not going to be promoted or awarded - even after three tours in Iraq. He cared about the appreciation of his brothers - he continued on for them. Corporal Stokes knew that he would never earn the appreciation of the Marine Corps. To some, this fact makes his actions more remarkable. To us, this fact makes us thankful that such men lived.
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The Corps did good here took a guy who they should have booted gave him a chance and he was a lion. I marvel everyday at men like this.