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Hero keeps focus as bombs go off around him

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - A Navy Corpsman who put the lives of several wounded marines before his own safety is being honored with the services' second-highest award for valor.

Military officials say Chief Petty Officer Justin Wilson selflessly treated his wounded comrades in Afghanistan despite his own injuries.

Since the Marine Corp Special Forces Operations Command was created in 2006, six service members attached to it have received the Navy Cross. But this man is the first sailor of Mar Sock to ever receive one.

"Words can't explain what those guys meant to me,” said Wilson.

When you listen to him speak, it's clear, the only thing that ever mattered to Chief Petty Officer Justin Wilson was the man next to him.

"There's times where I've wanted to shut out the world. Act like this whole day never happened, block it all out. But I've learned that if you do that you forget, you don't remember, and without remembrance there's no honor,” continued Wilson.

That day was September 28, 2011. He and several others were clearing IEDs near an Afghan checkpoint, when one went off, hitting his partner, Staff Sergeant Nichols Sprots-Off. Wilson and Staff Sergeant Christopher Diaz, along with his dog Dino responded, when another IED went off. Even though he was seriously injured, surrounded by explosives, Wilson did everything he could to save the two. But sadly, they died.

"These are true American heroes we have here today. The efforts they put forward through the years our nation has been in conflict really show exactly the kind of caliber of young men and women we have in the service today,” said General

Diaz and Sprots-Off were awarded the Bronze Star posthumously. As for Wilson, he was given the Navy Cross, which is the second highest honor behind the Medal of Honor. CBS News 8 spoke to Christopher Diaz's father who gave us an update on his son's dog Dino who now lives with them.

"He's really affectionate, very loveable, it's like we've had him from the day he was a pup. So he's fitting right in with us,” said Salvador Diaz Jr.

Thanksgiving is a fitting time to show how thankful we are for their service. For Wilson, he wants to give all the thanks to the men who stood next to him.

"Today is about Nick and Chris. I'm here, I'm alive, I'm happy, I got what I need,” said Wilson.

Wilson's heroic acts were honored at a ceremony at Camp Pendleton.

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