Photo By: Sgt. Christopher Duncan
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Elizabeth Smith weeps as she listens to her son, Daniel Caruso, share his warm feelings about his father, Sgt. Matthew Caruso, with a congregation of more than 100 Marines, sailors and civilian friends and family during the rededication of the Caruso Chapel, at the School of Infantry-West, here, June 23.
The chapel was initially dedicated to Caruso in 1953 and he was awarded the Silver Star Medal in 1950 for shielding father Connie Griffin, a chaplain then assigned to the 7th Marine Division (reinforced), from enemy fire with his body during an ambush in the Korean War, Dec. 6, 1950.
“He’s been a wonderful son and I’ve been very proud of him,” said Smith. “The ceremony was stirring and it’s such an honor to be here. My husband made a tremendous sacrifice.”
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