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Postby stomperrob » Wed Nov 22, 2006 4:03 am

I'm a little late on this one but I just read about it in my Time magazine that arrived in the mail today. Apparently earlier this month, President Bush awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously to Marine Cpl Jason Dunham who was killed in Iraq in April 2004 when he threw himself on a grenade to save his fellow Marines (he died days later from his wounds). Shortly before his death he had extended his tour of duty because as one of his fellow Marines said: "All he wanted was to make sure his boys made it back home". He was 22 when he died.
The story from CNN:

Marine to receive Medal of Honor for Iraq heroism
November 11, 2006
(CNN) -- President Bush announced on Friday that the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military decoration, will be awarded posthumously to Marine Cpl. Jason Dunham.

In April 2004, Dunham was leading a patrol in an Iraqi town near the Syrian border when the patrol stopped a convoy of cars leaving the scene of an attack on a Marine convoy, according to military and media accounts of the action.

An occupant of one of the cars attacked Dunham and the two fought hand to hand. As they fought, Dunham yelled to fellow Marines, "No, no watch his hand." The attacker then dropped a grenade and Dunham hurled himself on top of it, using his helmet to try to blunt the force of the blast.

Still, Dunham was critically wounded in the explosion and died eight days later at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland.

"As long as we have Marines like Corporal Dunham, America will never fear for her liberty," Bush said Friday as he announced that Dunham would receive the award. Bush spoke at the dedication of the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Virginia. (Watch announcement of award at museum -- 1:27)

"His was a selfless act of courage to save his fellow Marines," Sgt. Maj. Daniel A. Huff of the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, was quoted as saying in Marine Corps News that April.

"He knew what he was doing," Lance Cpl. Jason A. Sanders, 21, of McAllester, Oklahoma, who was in Dunham's company, was quoted as saying by Marine Corps News. "He wanted to save Marines' lives from that grenade."

In various media accounts, fellow Marines told how Dunham had extended his enlistment shortly before he died so he could help his comrades.

"We told him he was crazy for coming out here," Lance Cpl. Mark E. Dean, 22, from Owasso, Oklahoma, said in Marine Corps News. "He decided to come out here and fight with us. All he wanted was to make sure his boys made it back home."

"He loved his country, believed in his mission, and wanted to stay with his fellow Marines and see the job through," Vice President Dick Cheney said when speaking of Dunham's heroism at a Disabled American Veterans conference in July 2004.

The Scio, New York, native would have been 25 years old on Friday.

In a letter urging Bush to honor Dunham with the Medal of Honor, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York, called the Marine's actions "an act of unbelievable bravery and selflessness."

Dunham's story was told in the book "The Gift of Valor," written by Wall Street Journal reporter Michael Phillips.

Dunham will be the second American to receive the Medal of Honor from service in Iraq.

Army Sgt. 1st Class Paul Ray Smith was the other, honored for action near Baghdad International Airport in April 2003, in which he killed as many as 50 enemy combatants while helping wounded comrades to safety. Smith was the only U.S. soldier killed in the battle.


There's also a website dedicated to him:
http://www.jasonsmemorial.org/

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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Wed Nov 22, 2006 8:14 am

I thought someone had posted something about him, but I could have read it elsewhere...

There is a reason why this award is so exclusive and so honorable. For these reasons, Cpl Dunham is well deserving.
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Postby Redskins Win » Wed Nov 22, 2006 9:59 am

I don't recall, but i think I posted this story, may have been in USMC birthday thread. being that he received the CMH on the Marine Corps birthday. ;-D
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Postby The Balanced Man » Wed Nov 22, 2006 10:01 am

Amazing. A true hero.
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Postby Guru13 » Wed Nov 22, 2006 10:26 am

absolutely deserves it, that's a true hero, saved alot of people, I'm sure.
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Postby NittanyLions » Wed Nov 22, 2006 11:14 am

Wow, 99% of people would run for their lives, unbelievable courage, definitely deserved it. ;-D :,-(
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Postby vitalogist » Wed Nov 22, 2006 2:32 pm

one of the soldiers saved in this article (adam morrison - no relation) is the son of a friend of mine. sgt rafael peralta deserves the medal, too, imo...

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Postby Azrael » Wed Nov 22, 2006 6:56 pm

Those guys are real heroes. Would be nice to see someone get a CMOH while they are still alive though.
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Postby Dr. Duran Duran » Wed Nov 22, 2006 7:22 pm

Very cool to see someone get this tremendous honor and actually get to cherish it while they're alive. These guys truly deserve all the love our country has to offer.
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Postby A Fleshner Fantasy » Wed Nov 22, 2006 10:51 pm

Awesome- definatly deserves it.
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