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    An emotional President Bush said Friday he would present the Medal of Honor America's highest military decoration to a Marine who died when he jumped on a grenade in Iraq and saved the lives of two comrades.

    The medal will be given posthumously to Cpl. Jason Dunham of Scio, N.Y., who died on April 22, 2004, of wounds he suffered when his patrol was ambushed near the Syrian border.

    "He and his men stopped a convoy of cars that were trying to make an escape," President Bush said during a speech to dedicate a new Marine museum. "As he moved to search one of the vehicles, an insurgent jumped out and grabbed the corporal by the throat."
    During hand-to-hand combat with the insurgent, Dunham called out to his fellow Marines: "No, no, no. Watch his hand!"

    "Moments later, an enemy grenade rolled out," the President said. "Cpl. Dunham did not hesitate. He jumped on the grenade to protect his fellow Marines. He used his helmet and his body to absorb the blast."

    http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/...n2173203.shtml

  • #2
    I hope he is in a better place now. That is an amazing thing to do...

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    • #3
      Wow...For or Against the war, that man is a true American hero.

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      • #4
        American or not, still a true hero. Such a brave soldier. Indeed He deserves the MOH.
        Inactive from May 1 2009.

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        • #5
          Wooow unlucky to die but what he did is amazing and he sure should be an example for others to follow. Real hero !

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          • #6
            Agree with everyone above, if that guy is not a hero I dont know who is.

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            • #7
              Regardless of what side you are fighting for, laying down your life for others is noble.

              Cpl Dunham is a hero.

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              • #8
                All of those who died in Iraq are heroes.. Why? They died in the most horrifying way.. Fighting a senseless war..
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by cx777
                  They died in the most horrifying way.. Fighting a senseless war..
                  Ok, thread commemorating a dead hero...could we leave politics out of it?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Star Alliance
                    Ok, thread commemorating a dead hero...could we leave politics out of it?
                    I dont think he's saying that this Marine wasn't a hero, just stating his opinion.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by screaming_emu
                      I dont think he's saying that this Marine wasn't a hero, just stating his opinion.
                      No, I meant everyone there is a hero..
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                      • #12
                        Now that is a true hero. Though I assume if he heard someone say that, he'd insist that he was just protecting his friends the only way he could. RIP.
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