http://www.philly.com/inquirer/opin...arine_who_held_up_his_end_of_the_bargain.html A Marine who held up his end of the bargain By Kevin Ferris From a State of the Union that won't be much quoted, a line for the military that can't be repeated enough: "In the past year, you have done everything we've asked of you, and more. Our nation is grateful for your courage. We are proud of your accomplishments." Take the case of one Marine, Sean A. Stokes of California. On Wednesday, his 25th birthday, he will be awarded the Silver Star for courage demonstrated during the hand-to-hand, street-fighting nightmare that was the Battle of Fallujah in November 2004. The honor will be presented posthumously.