Emmott — who was called “Doc Emmott” by his Marines — joined the Navy looking for some direction after high school. A year later, he was on deployment with the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment in Afghanistan when he sustained a gunshot wound to the head while providing medical assistance to two of his Marines. The bullet pierced his Kevlar helmet, and, thankfully, just missed his carotid artery. He hopes to go back to school to earn a nursing degree and get certified as an emergency medical technician so that he may be a volunteer firefighter. He was awarded the Silver Star in July 2011 for gallantry in action against an enemy of the U.S.

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Jacob Emmott

Navy Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class

Age: 23

Current Command/Position: Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune

Current Hometown: Wakefield, R.I.

Disability: Gunshot wound to the head, sustained in combat operations April 2010