Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by sapper, Nov 14, 2006.
First awarded since Vietnam.
Sends chills down my spine to think about the sacrifice he made.
First one to a Marine since Vietnam. Randy Shughart and Gary Gordon were awarded Medals of Honor posthumously for Somalia. I think that a soldier in Iraq was also awarded one, or at least recommended for one.
AFAIK this is the first in Iraq. There was a Navy SEAL who died recently doing the same thing.. in Iraq. He earned one also IMO... we'll see if he actually gets it. IMO there have probably been a lot of guys who have earned them in Afghanistan or Iraq but haven't got them. Same is true with all wars I suppose. On Iwo they gave out 23... they could have given out 123 without discrediting what the Medal of Honor is all about. Sometimes there isn't a good (or living) witness... sometimes there is some kind of issue between the guy who should get such a medal and his CO or something... kinda sucks.
At any rate, the Marine Corps is what it is because of guys like Cpl Dunham. A lot of people I have met don't understand what would make a guy do something like that... those people more than likely have never been part of such a brotherhood... forged in war, and bathed in blood. There is no closer bond in the human experience than that between brother warriors.
I'm going to move this one to the Lounge, brothers......
I was there at the dedication ceremony for the Museum. The President gave a great speech on him (brought tears to this man's eyes) and on the Marines as a whole. It was a fantastic day.
I am glad to have been a part of the construction of the Museum. It is an amazing place, a true treasure. Everyone should go and see how great it really is. Lots of cool stuff to see and very realistic.
This is the first Marine one in Iraq, but is the second of the war. The first went to an Army Plt Sgt who held off a bunch of Iraqi's from a disabled Bradley till support arrived. I believe his name was Smith
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