Local Soldier's Family Receives High Honor

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The family of Truckee Marine Sgt. Phillip A. Bocks received one of the nation's highest military honors on the fallen soldier's behalf.

A ceremony was held at the Marine Corps Reserve Center in Stead Sunday afternoon. During that event Kent Bocks, Sgt. Bocks' father, accepted the Bronze Star Medal. The Bronze Star is the nation's fourth highest combat award.

Sgt. Bocks was cited for meritorious service in Afghanistan.

The 28-year-old was one of five Americans killed in a militant attack in November 2007, according to KOLO archives.

"I know he worked very hard at being a Marine... this is the ultimate thing he could be getting for that so it sort of justifies his whole life," Kent Bocks said.