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Sailor shot dead on Norfolk warship to be awarded heroism medal

The security forces sailor killed in a shooting on a warship at Naval Station Norfolk last month will be awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal, the Navy announced Wednesday.

Family members of Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark A. Mayo will be presented the Navy and Marines’ highest non-combat decoration for heroism during a private ceremony Friday at Arlington National Cemetery, where Mayo will be laid to rest.

Vice Adm. Mark Ferguson, vice chief of naval operations, will present the award.

Mayo, 24, was shot dead March 24 by a felon who had passed through security checkpoints, boarded the USS Mahan and took a gun from a female sailor standing guard on the destroyer. Mayo came to help her and was shot by the civilian truck driver, Jeffrey Tyrone Savage, according to base officials.

"It was incredibly extraordinary. He gave his life for hers,” Capt. Robert Clark, Naval Station Norfolk’s commanding officer, told media a few days later.

Two investigations are underway into the shooting: One by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, and another is looking into how the felon made it past the base checkpoints.

Mayo, a Hagerstown, Md., native, enlisted in the Navy in October 2007 and reported to Naval Station Norfolk in May 2011.

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