|From The Stars and Stripes
Marin, 29, from Michigan and Texas, joined the Army in September 1999. He served as a rifleman,machine gunner, Bradley driver and infantry team leader.
"Sgt.Javier Marin was a true silent professional," Drake said "There were times when I had to order him to speak. Javier was always focused on his men and the mission. I was told that infantrymen can only be promoted by fellow infantrymen." he said. "I was not one to cause a stir, so I asked Javier who he wanted to promote him. And with his typical grin. he said: "You sir" I will always remember that day."