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Alaska Army National Guard ‘First Scouts’ awarded state’s highest heroism medal for 1955 rescue
Jerome Apatiki, while holding one of his nine grandchildren, takes video during the Alaska Heroism Medal ceremony March 28, 2023, at the John Apangalook Memorial High School gymnasium in Gambell, Alaska. Apatiki received the medal on behalf of Pfc. Holden Apatiki Sr. for his actions during a 1955 rescue mission after two Russian MiG-15s shot down a U.S. Navy P2V-5 Neptune plane flying a routine maritime patrol over the Bering Sea with 11 sailors on board.

Photo by: Robert DeBerry |  VIRIN: 230328-Z-DX219-1007.JPG