Newest Medal of Honor Merged With Jason Dunham

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    From the LA Times:

    Los Angeles Times
    January 12, 2007

    Bush Awards Medal Of Honor To Marine Killed In Iraq

    Cpl. Jason Dunham is recognized for saving two servicemen's lives by throwing himself on an insurgent's grenade.

    By Johanna Neuman, Times Staff Writer

    WASHINGTON — President Bush awarded the Medal of Honor on Thursday to Marine Cpl. Jason L. Dunham, who on a dusty road in western Iraq in 2004 threw his Kevlar helmet and his body on an insurgent's grenade, saving the lives of two Marines while sacrificing his own.

    Established by a joint resolution of Congress during the Civil War and presented 3,462 times, the Medal of Honor is awarded for gallantry in the face of enemy attack that is beyond the call of duty.

    Dunham, who was 22 when he died, is the first Marine to earn the medal since 1970 and the second service member, after Army Sgt. 1st Class Paul Ray Smith, to receive it for bravery in Iraq.


    I dont have a link because I get this sort of news from the Early Bird.
     
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    I thought I had posted this 1/11 when the medal was presented, but it slipped my mind. Here is a beautifully written account of what happened:

    http://online.wsj.com/public/articl...GBdEJyZbqeokmeSrfQFds_20070115.html?mod=blogs

    WSJ has made it available w/o cost:

    There are some very nice pics and information at the site ran by his family, here:

    www.jasonsmemorial.org

    and this article about one of the marines whose life was saved and survivor's guilt:

    http://www.jasonsmemorial.org/news_miller.html
     
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    Yeah, I did post it on the 12th and got no comments.
     
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    Doesn't need comment. His heroism speaks for itself.
     
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    I'm sorry CSM, I did a search and didn't find. I'll look in military.
     
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    :eusa_pray:
     
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    I was getting ready to pack up and move to the new house.

    It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived. -- George S. Patton
     
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    Definitely.
     
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    I'd just like to keep this thread going for a bit longer.

    Never been in this young Hero's shoe's, and thanks to HIM, will never find myself there.

    After visiting his website, I'm humbled, and proud that I can call myself an American.
     
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    I'm with you! This kid and his family deserve our respect. If you get a chance, sign the guestbook at family site.
     

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