Friday, November 11, 2011

Remembering Corporal Jason Lee Dunham


Cpl Jason Lee Dunham (November 10, 1981 - April 22, 2004)
Cpl Jason Lee Dunham
(November 10, 1981 - April 22, 2004)

This man was destined to become a Marine! Born thirty years ago on the US Marine Corps birthday, Jason joined the Marine Corps in 2000.

He earned the Congressional Medal of Honor while serving with the 3rd Battalion of the 7th Marine Regiment during the Iraq War. 

His unit was attacked during a patrol in Husaybah near the Syrian border. Fighting hand-to-hand with an Iraqi attacker, Jason covered a grenade with his helmet hoping to contain the blast and save his fellow Marines. When the grenade exploded Jason sustained serious injuries. He was transported to the United States via Germany. He died eight days later in the Bethesda Naval Hospital.

His bravery and selflessness are unsurpassed. He is the first Marine to receive the Medal of Honor for actions in the War on Terror, and the first Marine to receive the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War. 

Short before his death, he also received the Purple Heart. 

Jason was buried in his hometown of Scio, New York. 

A US Navy destroyer, USS Jason Dunham, was named after this courageous warrior. 

RIP Brave Soul!