“There was very little time to respond,” Stout said in a command release. “However, our purpose was clear. That clarity and unity of purpose allowed us to navigate the ambiguity and manage our emotions to accomplish the mission at hand.”
More than 20 people were killed, according to published reports, but for his bravery Stout earned the Silver Star.
Stout was accompanied by Lieutenant General John Broadmeadow, Director of Marine Corps Staff, on U.S. Marine Corps Day at Nationals Park. There was also a flyover and the Marine Barracks Washington Color Guard presented the colors.
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