Lakeville native earns Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal

Jun 29, 2024

LAKEVILLE— Sgt. Jack Dupre, a Lakeville native, knew he wanted to join the Marine Corps since he was in Middle School and on Sunday, June 9. Dupre was presented the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for his work in the island nation of Palau.

The medal was awarded in recognition of Dupre’s accomplishments as the motor transport maintenance chief and environmental compliance coordinator in support of exercise Valiant Shield 24 in Palau, according to the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service. 

In his roles, Dupre managed maintenance equipment valued at $10.9 million dollars and improved his battalion's essential equipment readiness by 60% from November 2022 to October 2023.

Dupre’s grandfather served as a captain in the U.S. Air Force from 1960 to 1964.

He said his grandfather inspired him to learn auto mechanics, so when he learned about the motor transportation mechanic military occupational specialty from a Marine Corps recruiter, Dupre knew what he wanted to be. 

Dupre’s commitment to his job as a motor transportation mechanic is second only to his role leading Marines, he told the military media operation.

“To me, the job comes second,” Dupre said. “I love my work, but Marines come first.”

Dupre described unselfishness and knowledge as the most important leadership traits.

“You can be top-tier and still be humble,” said Dupre. “No one will want to follow or emulate you if you treat others differently because you think you are the best.”

Dupre will remain in Oceania through September 2024 as part of Koa Moana 24, according to military media.

Koa Moana, a Hawaiian phrase meaning “ocean warrior,” is an exercise designed to strengthen relationships between the U.S. and partner nations in Oceania through community relations and infrastructure improvement projects.

“I worked in construction during the summer when I was in high school,” Dupre said. “I’m looking forward to being able to work with local communities on any automotive projects they may have and be able to teach, share and learn different techniques.”