Another fallen hero:
President Bush awarded yesterday only the second Congressional Medal of Honor for actions in the War on Terror. Like the one awarded Paul Ray Smith in April 2005, it was given posthumously. Marine Cpl. Jason L. Dunham was assisting an ambushed convoy in Karabilah, Iraq, searching vehicles leaving the site of the ambush. An insurgent jumped him, but Dunham refused the help offered by two of his Marines; he had spotted the grenade his attacker was clutching. When the live grenade was dropped, Corporal Dunham didn’t hesitate, covering it with his Kevlar helmet and smothering it with his body. His actions saved the lives of his men; he died eight days later of his wounds. As the president said Thursday, “He was a Marine’s Marine who led by example. . . . He was the guy who signed on for an extra two months in Iraq so he could stay with his squad. As he explained it, he wanted to ‘make sure that everyone makes it home alive.’” Thanks to his heroism, his men lived to return home. A true Marine, he. R.I.P.