Corp Jonathan Tyler Yale

Corp Jonathan Tyler Yale

Birth
Virginia, USA
Death 22 Apr 2008 (aged 21)
Anbar, Iraq
Burial Meherrin, Lunenburg County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 26382939 · View Source
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Cpl. Jonathan T. Yale, 21, of Burkeville, Virginia. A 2006 graduate of Prince Edward County High School in Farmville, Virginia. Jon was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, based at Camp Lejeune, N.C. On April 22, Jonathan and LCpl Jordan Haerter were assigned to guard the main gate of Joint Security Station Nasser in Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province. They spotted a 20-foot-long truck headed toward the gate. Jordan and Yale tried to wave off the truck, but it kept coming. They opened fire, peppering the radiator and windshield. The truck slowed but kept rolling. A few dozen feet from the gate, the truck exploded. Investigators found that it was loaded with 2,000 pounds of explosives. In December of 2008, it was announced that Jordan and Yale were to be awarded The Navy Cross for their heroism. Their families were given them on February 20, 2009.

Note- place of birth submitted undocumented by member 46596952.

YALE, JONATHAN T CPL US MARINE CORPS IRAQ DATE OF BIRTH: 01/22/1987 DATE OF DEATH: 04/22/2008 BURIED AT: YALE FAMILY CEMETERY CC CAMP RD MEHERRIN, VA 23954

Navy Cross Citation
AWARDED FOR ACTIONS
DURING Global War on Terror
Service: Marine Corps
Rank: Corporal
Battalion: 2d Battalion
Division: II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward)
GENERAL ORDERS:
CITATION:
The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Corporal Jonathan T. Yale, United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving as an Anti-Tank Missileman, Mobile Assault Platoon 4, Weapons Company, Second Battalion, Eighth Marines, Regimental Combat Team 1, I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 22 April 2008. While Corporal Yale and a fellow Marine manned a sentry post at the Entry Control Point (ECP) for Joint Security Station Nasser in Ramadi, Iraq, a tank truck suddenly began to rapidly negotiate the serpentine concrete obstacles leading to the ECP. Corporal Yale and his fellow Marine quickly recognized the threat of a suicide bomber driving a truck capable of carrying a large quantity of explosives and posing a major threat to the more than 50 Marines and Iraqi policemen in the Joint Security Station. Corporal Yale immediately engaged the truck with precise fire from his M249 Squad Automatic Weapon, while his fellow Marine opened fire with his M4 rifle. Ignoring the grave personal risk, Corporal Yale and his fellow Marine continued their accurate fires, stopping the truck a few feet from their positions. At that instant the suicide bomber detonated approximately 2,000 pounds of explosives contained in the truck, leveling the ECP and mortally wounding Corporal Yale. The courageous actions of Corporal Yale in resolutely defending his post against an imminent threat undoubtedly helped save the lives of more than 50 Marines and Iraqi policemen at Joint Security Station Nasser that day. By his outstanding display of decisive leadership, courageous actions and total devotion to duty, Corporal Yale reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.


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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Corp Jonathan Tyler Yale (22 Jan 1987–22 Apr 2008), Find A Grave Memorial no. 26382939, citing Yale Family Cemetery, Meherrin, Lunenburg County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Sue (contributor 46778782) .