WASHINGTON (WOOD) - A Holland native was honored in Washington, D.C. Friday night as the USO's Marine of the Year.
Sgt. Andrew Seif, who is now stationed out of North Carolina, was recognized at the USO Gala.
The USO says Seif took action that got their attention during a mission to detain a high-value target. Seif's teammate was shot several times. Instead of waiting reinforcements, Seif went into the compound alone and eliminated the threat.
Then he treated his partner's wounds, all the while taking enemy fire.
His actions earned him a nomination for the Silver Star.
Seif, a critical skills operator in a Marine Special Operations Command, was a senior engineer in Afghanistan.
He often led operations to destroy cave complexes. He also volunteered to conduct mobile mine sweeping on foot and oversee construction and repair of bridges and roads to the benefit of both Marines and Afghan civilians.
He was described by his commanding officer as having "tenacity, vigor and common sense that he applies to every task or endeavor he undertakes," the USO said.
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