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Marine to Receive Medal of Honor

It was announced on the Marines' 231st birthday. Marine Cpl. Jason Dunham's story is so sad but amazing none the less:

(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."

I am humbled yet so thankful that men such as Lt. Cpl Dunham still exist in this world. Read the rest of his story.


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Comments (13)

Yeah, but if Bush hadn't st... (Below threshold)

Yeah, but if Bush hadn't started an illegal war with Iraq, Durham never would have died.

Therefore, Bush killed Durham.

/sarcasm

Sorry, I had to get that out of the way before the adults could talk.

SilverBubble...I don't know... (Below threshold)
Justrand:

SilverBubble...I don't know you. So I don't know what prompted your sarcasm...an attempt to mimic what the Left WILL say, or YOUR feelings.

Please clarify so I know how to react to you.

Here are MY feelings...I spent 8 years in the Marines. I am so proud and awed by what this young man did to protect our liberty that words truly fail me.

Godspeed, Jason...and Semper Fi.

Why has it taken so long? W... (Below threshold)
spurwing plover:

Why has it taken so long? Well at lwast its around VETERANS DAY

It may interest some here t... (Below threshold)
quantumfizz:

It may interest some here to read the citations of some past Medal Of Honor recipients. These individuals are not much different than you or I. If you met one one the street you probably wouldn't know the it. They certainly don't brag about it.

Read more here:

http://www.cmohs.org/recipients.htm

Justrand: Having r... (Below threshold)

Justrand:

Having read a lot of Silverbubble's posts in the past, I'm sure she meant no disrespect to Cpl. Dunham or the Corp. She was just channeling the left wing trolls who stop by to leave their droppings.

And no, I'm not going to name any names. I've got better things to do tonight than get into a pissing match with the moonbats.

To Silverbubble,I do... (Below threshold)
T-Bire:

To Silverbubble,
I don't know how to take you either but will say as an Air Force Operator I salute the Corp for saving my bacon and allowing me to come home to my family. I leave these with you:

Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.-John 15:13

To Spurwing,

why so long? I will tell you that the Medal of Honor isn't awarded easily. There are interviews, statements, physical inspections of the site, review of any media info, etc. This takes time and as a military man I'm glad it does and the award is a political ploy.

T-Bird

what, no asinine remark fro... (Below threshold)
Battsman:

what, no asinine remark from Lee? I've gotten to where I seldom read the comments any more, simply because he's made it his personal quest to hijack every thread here.

I, too, am so in awe of men like Marine Cpl. Jason Dunham. What a brave, selfless man. We are a great country because we have good men like Jason; what a shame our media chooses to ignore them.

Then again, now that the party of the LLL has won, maybe they'll finally start printing the good news from our brave men and women fighting those who want to destroy us.

He died so Silverbubble cou... (Below threshold)
theExecutioner:

He died so Silverbubble could post something REALLY stupid about someone that saved the life of his friends.

"Sorry, I had to get that o... (Below threshold)
Sue:

"Sorry, I had to get that out of the way before the adults could talk."

It's pretty clear to me that SilverBubble was being sarcastic because that is exactly what many on the far left would say.

By "getting it out of the way so the adults could talk" we can ignore it when the trolls show up with that incredibly stupid, but predictable remark.

I thank all of our service men and woman as well as our veterans. Without these brave heros our country we would not have the freedoms we have.

I can't help but notice how... (Below threshold)
bobdog:

I can't help but notice how few stories like this we've seen from the MSM. The last one I remember off the top of my head is Pat Tilman, and that was -- what? -- 2 years ago?

Then again, I don't recall many positive stories about the job our troops are doing. Lee and most of the media would call it cheerleading. I would call it common gratitude, and it's long overdue.

Try quietly picking up the restaurant tab next time you see a serviceman in uniform with his family if you have a few bucks to spare. It feels great and it's a nice way to say thanks.

So Silverbubble had to jump... (Below threshold)
Chris:

So Silverbubble had to jump in with exactly what the left would say? Have you noticed that no leftys have actually said anything disrespectful? You talk about hijacking a thread, I knew when I clicked on the comments that someone would use the occasion to take a swipe at the left. I just didn't think it would be the first comment. I honor Dunham's courage. Too bad Silverbubble couldn't do the same, instead of making an inane comment.

Where do we find such men?<... (Below threshold)
baslimthecripple:

Where do we find such men?

http://www.nationalreview.com/owens/owens200411110831.asp

This is two years old exactly. But I have never seen it stated better nor understood those who need to denigrate them (such as Herman in another post).

I served in the same unit (... (Below threshold)
Tony L:

I served in the same unit (3rd Bn, 7th Mar) as Cpl Dunham and attended his memorial in Iraq. Despite not knowing him too well i could still tell he was a really good guy. I am proud to say i served with a person of his calliber. I am so glad that he finally received this award that he so truelly deserves. Semper Fi Cpl. Dunham




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