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 Jason Lee Dunham

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Jason Lee Dunham

  • Birth 10 Nov 1981 Scio, Allegany County, New York, USA
  • Death 22 Apr 2004 Bethesda, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
  • Burial Scio, Allegany County, New York, USA
  • Plot Section 2, Lot 88, Space 4
  • Memorial ID 16588294

Iraq War Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. He served in the United States Marine Corps as a Corporal in K Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines. President Bush announced on November 10, 2006, the 231st anniversary of the U.S. Marine Corps, that Dunham would be awarded the Medal of Honor. He is the first Marine since the Vietnam War and the second United States serviceman to receive the Medal of Honor. His citation reads: "On a dusty road in western Iraq, Corporal Dunham gave his own life so that the men under his command might live," and was presented posthumously to his family by President George W. Bush on January 11, 2007. On April 14, 2004, Corporal Dunham was manning a checkpoint in Karabilah, Iraq, when an insurgent leapt from his car and began choking him. 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, age 22, died at Bethesda Naval Hospital from the wounds he received.

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  • Originally Created by: Elizabeth Reed
  • Added: 10 Nov 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 16588294
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jason Lee Dunham (10 Nov 1981–22 Apr 2004), Find A Grave Memorial no. 16588294, citing Fairlawn Cemetery, Scio, Allegany County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .