While the names of most of the awardees were not made public, Navy Special Warfare Command spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Mark Walton said the posthumous Navy Cross was for Chief Petty Officer Charles Keating IV, 31, who was killed in action in May while in a firefight against Islamic State forces in Northern Iraq.
The leg was swaddled in plastic and kept in a freezer when the lawyers came for it.
Amputated below the right knee, it had been frozen, thawed and frozen again since its donation more than a year earlier. It had variously been left out in a grass field, hidden in bushes and tucked under a log.