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Army rescuer in widely used image decorated after Greece shipwreck

  • FILE - In this Monday, April 20, 2015 file photo, Greek army Sgt. Antonis Deligiorgis, standing at left, rescues migrant Wegasi Nebiat from Eritrea, front left, from the Aegean sea, on the island of Rhodes, Greece. Deligiorgis was awarded the Cross of Excellency by Defense Minister Panos Kammenos at an Athens ceremony Monday, April 27, 2015 for his role in rescuing passengers from a ship carrying migrants from Turkey that sank after crashing into rocks a week ago. (Argiris Mantikos/Eurokinissi via AP, File) GREECE OUT

    FILE - In this Monday, April 20, 2015 file photo, Greek army Sgt. Antonis Deligiorgis, standing at left, rescues migrant Wegasi Nebiat from Eritrea, front left, from the Aegean sea, on the island of Rhodes, Greece. Deligiorgis was awarded the Cross of Excellency by Defense Minister Panos Kammenos at an Athens ceremony Monday, April 27, 2015 for his role in rescuing passengers from a ship carrying migrants from Turkey that sank after crashing into rocks a week ago. (Argiris Mantikos/Eurokinissi via AP, File) GREECE OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Monday, April 20, 2015 file photo, Greek army Sgt. Antonis Deligiorgis,  rescues migrant Wegasi Nebiat from Eritrea, from the Aegean sea, on the island of Rhodes, Greece. Deligiorgis was awarded the Cross of Excellency by Defense Minister Panos Kammenos at a ceremony in  Athens  Monday, April 27, 2015 for his role in rescuing passengers from a ship carrying migrants from Turkey that sank after crashing into rocks a week ago. (Argiris Mantikos/Eurokinissi via AP, File) GREECE OUT

    FILE - In this Monday, April 20, 2015 file photo, Greek army Sgt. Antonis Deligiorgis, rescues migrant Wegasi Nebiat from Eritrea, from the Aegean sea, on the island of Rhodes, Greece. Deligiorgis was awarded the Cross of Excellency by Defense Minister Panos Kammenos at a ceremony in Athens Monday, April 27, 2015 for his role in rescuing passengers from a ship carrying migrants from Turkey that sank after crashing into rocks a week ago. (Argiris Mantikos/Eurokinissi via AP, File) GREECE OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo released by Greek Defense Ministry  on April 27, 2015, Defense Minister Panos Kammenos, left, awards Army Sgt. Antonis Deligiorgis, the Cross of Excellency for his role in rescuing passengers on a ship carrying migrants on the island of Rhodes, at a ceremony in Athens on April 27, 2015. Deligiogis was photographed assisting Eritrean asylum seeker Wegasi Nebiat, in an image that was on front pages of leading world newspapers the following day. Three people died in the shipwreck, while 90 others from Syria and Eritrea were rescued. (Greek Defense Ministry via AP)

    In this photo released by Greek Defense Ministry on April 27, 2015, Defense Minister Panos Kammenos, left, awards Army Sgt. Antonis Deligiorgis, the Cross of Excellency for his role in rescuing passengers on a ship carrying migrants on the island of Rhodes, at a ceremony in Athens on April 27, 2015. Deligiogis was photographed assisting Eritrean asylum seeker Wegasi Nebiat, in an image that was on front pages of leading world newspapers the following day. Three people died in the shipwreck, while 90 others from Syria and Eritrea were rescued. (Greek Defense Ministry via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Greece's Defense Ministry has honored an army sergeant shown in photographs and video footage around the world rescuing an Eritrean asylum seeker following a deadly shipwreck on the island of Rhodes.

Sgt. Antonis Deligiorgis was awarded the Cross of Excellency by Defense Minister Panos Kammenos at an Athens ceremony Monday for his role in rescuing passengers from a ship carrying migrants from Turkey that sank after crashing into rocks a week ago.

Deligiogis was photographed assisting Eritrean survivor Wegasi Nebiat, in an image used on front pages of leading world newspapers.

Three people died in the shipwreck, while 90 others from Syria and Eritrea were rescued.