Do You Know Corporal Jason Dunham?

Corporal Jason Dunham received the Congressional Medal of Honor posthumously this year.  Two years ago, he bravely fell on a grenade dropped by insurgents to protect his fellow marines that were rushing to his aid.

Why do we only know of him through blogs, and as of late, the Wall Street Journal?

On April 14, 2004, 3 days after Easter Sunday, Corporal Dunham was manning a checkpoint in Karabilah, Iraq, when an insurgent leapt from his car and began choking Corporal Dunham. A scuffle ensued as two Marines approached to help. Reportedly, the last words from Corporal Dunham were, “No, No. Watch his hand.” Suddenly, the insurgent dropped a grenade. Corporal Dunham took off his Kevlar helmet, dropped to the ground, and covered the explosive as best he could.

The blast seriously wounded all 3 Marines. Eight days later, Corporal Jason L. Dunham died at Bethesda Naval Hospital from wounds he received in the incident. He was 22.

Corporal Dunham made the ultimate sacrifice, and in doing so saved the lives of his fellow Marines. Due to his actions on that fateful day, Corporal Dunham has been awarded the Medal of Honor.

The Journal published an editorial basically asking; why don’t we know the heroes?  Cpl. Dunham died the same day as Pat Tillman.  While what happened to Tillman is tragic, the media has used Tillman as the poster child for everything that could possibly be wrong with the Military. 

How many stories have you read about Pat Tillman?  How many have you read about Jason Dunham?

To the point, when Cpl. Dunham was awarded the Medal of Honor in April, the NY Times carried the story on the 3rd page of SECTION B.

Not to focus just on the current conflict, there has been a steady lack of interest in CMOH recipients since after World War II.

Do you know who Audie Murphy was?

Do you know who Jason Dunham was?

We impoverish ourselves by shunting these heroes and their experiences to the back pages of our national consciousness. Their stories are not just boys’ adventure tales writ large. They are a kind of moral instruction. They remind of something we’ve heard many times before but is worth repeating on a wartime Memorial Day when we’re uncertain about what we celebrate. We’re the land of the free for one reason only: We’re also the home of the brave.

To learn more of Cpl Dunham, a website in his honor is established here.



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