Family accepts Silver Star for fallen hero

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U.S. Marine Cpl. Sean Stokes was awarded the Silver Star Medal posthumously on Feb. 6 in a ceremony at Camp Pendleton. The Silver Star Medal is the third highest American military award when designated solely for heroism and valor in combat. The Lake of the Pines resident was killed while on his third tour of duty in Iraq on July 30 after stepping on an improvised explosive device.