The Congressional Medal of Honor serves as a homage and tribute as well as an award of recognition to the war veterans of the United States of America. It was Jason L. Dunham who showcased an indomitable fighting spirit and exemplary valor while serving as a Rifle Squad Leader. During a White House Ceremony on January 11, 2007; Corporal Jason Dunham was bestowed with the Medal of Honor by President George W. Bush. A brief history Jason was born on 10th November, 1981; in Scio; New York.
He entered service at Scio; New York. He served with K Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, based in Twentynine Palms, California. Jason L. Dunham was serving as a Rifle Squad Leader, 4th Platoon, Company K, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines (Reinforced), Regimental Combat Team 7, 1st Marine Division (Reinforced); U.
S. Marine Corps. Jason truly believed in the freedom of all men, women and children on this earth. The Mission It was on April 14, 2004 that Corporal Dunham and his squad was conducting a reconnaissance mission in Karabilah, Iraq. Approximately two kilometers to the west; they heard the eruption of small fire arms and a rocket propelled grenade. In an earnest attempt to provide fire support to the convoy of their Battalion Commander; Dunham and his anti-armor team advanced towards their mission.
Their Commander's convoy had been attacked by the enemy forces as they were heading towards Camp Husaybah. As the Marines advanced; they experienced large amounts of enemy fire and hurdles. Corporal Jason Dunham then ordered his team to get off their vehicles. He then led the fire team afoot; southward towards the ambushed convoy. They then noticed several Iraqi vehicles that were trying to leave.
These vehicles were stopped by the team to search them for any kind of weapons, bomb or grenades. As the team approached the Iraqi vehicles; one insurgent jumped out and attacked Dunham. A fierce struggle ensued between the two and the insurgent found himself subdued on the ground; after which he released a grenade. All the fellow marines were instantly alerted of an impending blast or threat.
Selfless Commitment to his duty In a stupendous act of valor, courage and commitment; Corporal Dunham decided to cover the grenade with his helmet and body in order to protect his Marines from the blast and gave up his own life; as he sustained mortal brain injuries. The grenade exploded under his helmet, after which he never gained his consciousness. After 8 days he died at the National Naval Medical Center.
He was 22. He bore the brunt of the explosion and displayed an exemplary selfless commitment towards his duty and nation. This proved to be a reflection of his indomitable courage and resolute devotion towards his country.
This act of bravery will always be held supreme and will mark the supreme traditions of the United States Naval Service and Marine Corps. Parents dedicate the Medal of Honor to all service members On January 11, when the Medal of Honor was awarded at a White House Ceremony; Jason Dunham's parents dedicated the medal to all the service members.
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