Tuesday, August 4, 2009

USS Jason Dunham USMC Hurah!

Fallen MoH recipient’s helmet lives on
Staff report MILITARY TIMES
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.

Photo, Robert F. Bukaty / The Associated Press Debra Ann Dunham smashes a champagne bottle during the christening ceremony of the destroyer Jason Dunham on Aug. 1 at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine. The ship is named after her son, Marine Cpl. Jason Dunham, who was mortally wounded smothering a grenade in Iraq in 2004 and was subsequently awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions.

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