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November 10, 2006

From the White House.

Another Medal of Honor. This time to a Marine. This post will stay on top all day, new stuff comes in below.

President Bush Dedicates The National Museum Of The Marine Corps And Announces He Will Award Corporal Jason Dunham The Medal Of Honor

Today, At The Dedication Of The National Museum Of The Marine Corps, President Bush Announced He Will Award The Medal Of Honor (Posthumous) To Corporal Jason Dunham.

On April 14, 2004, Corporal Dunham Heroically Saved The Lives Of Two Of His Fellow Marines By Jumping On A Grenade During An Ambush In The Town Of Karabilah . When a nearby Marine convoy was ambushed, Corporal Dunham led his squad to the site of the attack, where he and his men stopped a convoy of cars trying to make an escape. As he moved to search one of the vehicles, an insurgent jumped out and grabbed the corporal by the throat. The corporal engaged the enemy in hand-to-hand combat. At one point, he shouted to his fellow Marines, "No. No. No. Watch his hand." Moments later, an enemy grenade rolled out and Corporal Dunham jumped on the grenade to protect his fellow Marines, using his helmet and body to absorb the blast. Corporal Dunham succumbed to his wounds on April 22, 2004.

Today Would Have Been Corporal Dunham's 25th Birthday. Corporal Dunham was a native of Scio , New York.

The Medal Of Honor Is America's Highest Decoration For Valor. The Medal of Honor, established by Joint Resolution of Congress, is awarded in the name of Congress to a person who, while a member of the Armed Forces, distinguishes himself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against any enemy of the United States, while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force, or while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party. Corporal Dunham's family will be presented the medal at an upcoming ceremony at the White House.

Since Taking Office, President Bush Has Awarded Six Medals Of Honor. Three were for Vietnam , one was for World War II, one was for Korea , and one was for Iraq .

Now is the time at Castle Argghhh! when we dance: In Memoriam.

A good way to honor Corporal Dunham would be donating to Project Valour-IT.

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Maggie briefed on November 10, 2006 05:14 PM

I watched today's festivities at Quantico on the Pentagon Channel. They showed his parents while POTUS was speaking of their son.....really touching. His mother looked at W and mouthed the words "I love you".

Happy 231st Birthday to the Marines.

Barb briefed on November 10, 2006 06:36 PM

This is very good, and the timing with the Museum, Marine Corps birthday and Veterans Day is great. I was also very happy to see that USA Today had a big Veterans spread which featured the iconic picture of Sgt Major Brad Kasal. All good.

Ledger briefed on November 10, 2006 11:15 PM

Cpl. Dunham certainly deserved the medal.