Arlington, Virginia - Petty Officer Mark A. Mayo was posthumously awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal today at Arlington National Cemetery.
Admiral Mark Ferguson, vice chief of naval operations, presented the award to Mayo's family on behalf of the President of the United States.
Following the private medal ceremony, Mayo was laid to rest with military honors.
The Navy and Marine Corps Medal citation, signed by Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, chief of naval operations, reads as follows:
The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the
NAVY AND MARINE CORPS MEDAL posthumously to
MASTER-AT-ARMS SECOND CLASS MARK A. MAYO
UNITED STATES NAVY
for service as set forth in the following
For heroism while serving at Naval Station Norfolk Security Detachment, Norfolk, Virginia on 24 March 2014. While performing his duties as Chief of the Guard, Petty Officer Mayo was alerted to a suspicious individual walking towards USS MAHAN (DDG 72) on Pier 1, Naval Station Norfolk. Petty Officer Mayo pursued the individual up the brow of the ship while both he and the Quarterdeck watch-standers directed the individual to stop and provide identification. Failing to comply, the individual approached the Quarterdeck, attacked and disarmed the Petty Officer of the Watch. After boarding the ship, Petty Officer Mayo realized that the Petty Officer of the Watch no longer had control of her weapon. With complete and total disregard for his own personal safety, Petty Officer Mayo immediately placed himself between the Petty Officer of the Watch and the assailant. While fearlessly engaging the assailant and shielding the Petty Officer of the Watch, Petty Officer Mayo was fatally wounded. His exceptionally brave actions saved the lives of four watch-standers and ensured the safety of the entire crew of USS MAHAN (DDG 72). By his courageous and prompt actions in the face of great personal risk, Petty Officer Mayo prevented the loss of lives, thereby reflecting great credit upon himself and upholding the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.
For the President,
JONATHAN W. GREENERT
Admiral, United States Navy