Medal Of Honor Nominee – Corporal Jason Dunham

U.S. Marine Cpl. Jason Dunham is shown in this undated photo. Dunham, who served with the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines based at Camp Pendleton, is the first U.S. soldier to be nominated for the Medal of Honor in the Iraq war. Dunham died eight days after taking the brunt of a grenade blast, which occurred as he struggled with an Iraqi insurgent who had ambushed a convoy near the town of Husaybah April 14, according to published reports. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Dunham family via The Wellsville Daily Reporter)

From The Wall Street Journal:

In Combat, Marine Put Theory to Test, Comrades Believe

By MICHAEL M. PHILLIPS

AL QA’IM, Iraq – Early this spring, Cpl. Jason Dunham and two other Marines sat in an outpost in Iraq and traded theories on surviving a hand-grenade attack.

Second Lt. Brian “Bull” Robinson suggested that if a Marine lay face down on the grenade and held it between his forearms, the ceramic bulletproof plate in his flak vest might be strong enough to protect his vital organs. His arms would shatter, but he might live.

Cpl. Dunham had another idea: A Marine’s Kevlar helmet held over the grenade might contain the blast. “I’ll bet a Kevlar would stop it,” he said, according to Second Lt. Robinson.

“No, it’ll still mess you up,” Staff Sgt. John Ferguson recalls saying.

It was a conversation the men would remember vividly a few weeks later, when they saw the shredded remains of Cpl. Dunham’s helmet, apparently blown apart from the inside by a grenade. Fellow Marines believe Cpl. Dunham’s actions saved the lives of two men and have recommended him for the Medal of Honor, an award that no act of heroism since 1993 has garnered.

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Update: Phillip Carter details the qualifications required to receive the Medal Of Honor, and has additional thoughts on Cpl. Dunham’s nomination. (Via – Jeff Quinton)

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  1. Chuck Simmins June 1, 2004