Friday, November 10, 2006

President Bush Names New Medal of Honor Recipient

Cpl Jason Dunham was leading a patrol in Iraq in April 2004. While they were stopping a convoy of cars, one occupant started fighting with Cpl Dunham hand-to-hand. Cpl Dunham yelled for his fellow Marines to watch out as the attacker dropped a grenade. Cpl Dunham then put his helmet over the grenade and his body over the helmet to protect his men. He died from his wounds eight days later after being evacuated to Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland.

The book, The Gift of Valor, includes Cpl Dunham's story. He is only the second person to receive the Medal of Honor during the war in Iraq.

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