Philippine Marines, who were deployed five months ago on board the dilapidated navy ship LT57 BRP Sierra Madre off the disputed Second Thomas Shoal, locally known as Ayungin Shoal, on the South China ... more 
Philippine Marines, who were deployed five months ago on board the dilapidated navy ship LT57 BRP Sierra Madre off the disputed Second Thomas Shoal, locally known as Ayungin Shoal, on the South China Sea, take off their hats during medal ceremony where they are awarded the Bronze Cross medal by Western Command Chief Lt. Gen. Roy Deveraturda at a naval base Monday March 31, 2014 in Palawan western Philippines. On Saturday, China Coast Guard attempted to block the Philippine government vessel AM700 carrying fresh troops to relieved the Nine marines as well as supplies, but the latter successfully managed to dock beside the ship housing the troops. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Bullit Marquez
Mon, Mar 31, 2014 4:33 AM EDT