Posted : Monday Aug 3, 2009 9:01:01 EDT
Five years after Cpl. Jason Dunham died in Iraq, his former commander delivered the shattered remains of his helmet to the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Va., save one piece that will be sealed within the mast of a Navy destroyer named in Dunham’s honor.
The ship was dedicated Saturday in Maine.
What makes Dunham’s helmet worthy of a museum and a destroyer is not the helmet itself, but the heroism of its former owner, the Corps’ only Medal of Honor recipient from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. While repelling an ambush in Karabilah, Iraq, Dunham saved his fellow Marines by throwing his helmet and himself on an enemy grenade. Keep Reading HERE.