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Old 04-14-2013, 04:42 PM   #1
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Remembering a hero

I had the honor and privilege of serving with and calling Cpl. Jason L. Dunham my friend. Today marks the 9th year of his unselfish sacrifice to corp, country, and more importantly his brothers.

The "BROTHERHOOD" of Kilo 3/7 miss and love you "J" not a day goes by that we don't talk about you and want to beat your ass in darts!

Cheers and Semper Fi




The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
to

*Dunham, Jason L.
Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, Company K, 3d Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division. Place and Date: Karabilah, Iraq, 14 April 2004. Entered Service at: Scio, New York. Born: 10 November 1981, Scio, New York

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For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a Rifle Squad Leader, 4th Platoon, Company K, Third Battalion, Seventh Marines (Reinforced), Regimental Combat Team 7, First Marine Division (Reinforced), on 14 April 2004. Corporal Dunham's squad was conducting a reconnaissance mission in the town of Karabilah, Iraq, when they heard rocket-propelled grenade and small arms fire erupt approximately two kilometers to the west. Corporal Dunham led his Combined Anti-Armor Team towards the engagement to provide fire support to their Battalion Commander's convoy, which had been ambushed as it was traveling to Camp Husaybah. As Corporal Dunham and his Marines advanced, they quickly began to receive enemy fire. Corporal Dunham ordered his squad to dismount their vehicles and led one of his fire teams on foot several blocks south of the ambushed convoy. Discovering seven Iraqi vehicles in a column attempting to depart, Corporal Dunham and his team stopped the vehicles to search them for weapons. As they approached the vehicles, an insurgent leaped out and attacked Corporal Dunham. Corporal Dunham wrestled the insurgent to the ground and in the ensuing struggle saw the insurgent release a grenade. Corporal Dunham immediately alerted his fellow Marines to the threat. Aware of the imminent danger and without hesitation, Corporal Dunham covered the grenade with his helmet and body, bearing the brunt of the explosion and shielding his Marines from the blast. In an ultimate and selfless act of bravery in which he was mortally wounded, he saved the lives of at least two fellow Marines. By his undaunted courage, intrepid fighting spirit, and unwavering devotion to duty, Corporal Dunham gallantly gave his life for his country, thereby reflecting great credit upon himself and upholding the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.
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Old 04-18-2013, 03:37 PM   #2
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Wow!

And thank you for your service, more people appreciate it than you know.
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Old 04-18-2013, 04:00 PM   #3
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It is good to end a stout life with a stout death.

See you in Valhalla brother.
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Old 04-18-2013, 04:12 PM   #5
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Wow that is a true hero right there. Cheers to your buddy.
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Old 04-18-2013, 04:15 PM   #6
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RIP Brother, SEMPER FI

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Old 04-18-2013, 04:22 PM   #7
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Semper Fi!
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Thank you for reminding us of all the sacrifices, and the men and women who have sacrificed everything for our country.

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Old 04-29-2013, 06:11 PM   #11
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What a remarkable legacy...Thank you for sharing this.

Beyond that I am speachless.
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Old 05-12-2013, 07:04 AM   #12
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Monk,

I didn't know Jason and never served in 3/7, but on April 14, I was adjacent to you guys as part of RCT 1. I only heard about Jason's actions after I got back CONUS, but he has always stuck in my mind and I remember talking about him as an example of a warrior and Leader when talking to junior Marines.

Anyway, I think it is fitting that Jason was born on NOVEMBER 10. He is a Marine through and through. I am glad and proud that his name graces a ship.

Thank you and RIP Jason.

Your actions not only saved the lives of the Marines you led, but have served to teach, inspire, and shape Marines that weren't yet in high school on the day that you passed.

Oooorah and Semper!
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