View Full Version : CINC Just Made It Official

11-10-06, 02:39 PM
Cpl Jason Dunham will receive the Congressional Medal Of Honor. He Made this announcement at the dedication of the Marine Mueseum with tears streaming down his cheek. Cpl Dunhams parents were in attendance. I heard a loud OORAH!!! break the silince and I think that may have been our own Gunny Reagle. President Bush shares President Reagans love for our Corps without any doubt in my mind.

Marine who died saving comrades nominated for the Medal of Honor
Associated Press

Jason Dunham stepped into the role of protector long before he ever donned a Marine uniform.

As a teenager, he put himself between a friend and an adversary to protect his buddy during a fight. As a brother, he would warn his little sister to watch out for boys. As a man, he dreamed of becoming a state trooper — so long as work didn’t take him too far from home, where he could keep an eye on those he loved most.

Dunham died as he had lived, said the minister at his burial last May: “Caring more for others than himself.”

He has been nominated for the Medal of Honor, given for extraordinary valor without regard to one’s safety.

On April 14, the 22-year-old corporal from Scio, N.Y., was patrolling a vehicle checkpoint near Husaybah, Iraq, when a man leapt from a car and snatched Dunham by his throat. As Dunham wrestled with his attacker, he apparently spotted a grenade in the Iraqi’s hand and shouted a warning to other Marines rushing to his aid.

Marine Corps officials would later conclude that Dunham dived onto the explosive and covered it with his helmet to shield his comrades. He died a week later at a U.S. hospital, his parents by his side. His mother, Deb, held one hand. His father, Dan, clasped the other.

“He never opened his eyes,” his mother said.

Dunham is among several Americans in the Iraq war who gave their lives to save another. Marine Sgt. Kirk Straseskie, 23, of Beaver Dam, Wis., drowned after he jumped into a canal to rescue victims of a helicopter crash. Army Sgt. Jaror Puello-Coronado, 36, of Pocono Summit, Pa., was hit by an out-of-control truck after he pushed another soldier out of its path.

Dunham is the first person in this conflict to be recommended for the nation’s highest military honor, according to Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. In a letter asking President Bush to approve the Medal of Honor nomination, Schumer noted that Dunham’s “unbelievable bravery and selflessness” saved the lives of at least two other Marines.

“I can imagine no clearer a case of an individual soldier exhibiting the ideals that the Congressional Medal was established to honor.”

Dunham’s mother says they were ideals her son displayed all his life.

“He was a hero before this,” she said. “It didn’t take this for us to find that out.”


11-10-06, 03:05 PM
That's absolutely terrific news, Jim. Yes, I do believe that I heard Gunnery Sergeant Reagle's voice all the way down here in South Florida.:)

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11-10-06, 03:29 PM
Hand Salute, Marine. May you and your family find peace. Jim, thanks for the link. It'll be awhile before the tears quit flowing.

Doc Crow
11-10-06, 05:36 PM
The Tradition Continues. The New Greatest Generation taking over for the Old Greatest Generation