November 10, 1981

Corporal Jason L. Dunham

Cpl. Dunham was born on November 10, 1981.
Coincidently the same day as the Marine Corps Birthday.
He was born and raised in Scio, New York.
On April 14, 2004 Dunham and his squad intercepted multiple cars near the area were his battalion commander’s convoy came under attack. Dunham’s squad was searching for weapons used in the attack, when Dunham discovered an AK-47, a man began attacking the Marines in order to flee. Dunham used Hand to Hand Combat tactics to subdue the man. During this the man dropped a hand grenade. immediately Dunham took off his helmet and put in on the grenade and laid on the helmet to absorb the blast, in doing this he saved the lives of 2 fellow Marines, He was sent to the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. He died 8 days later.

Awards

Medal of Honor
Purple Heart
Combat Action Ribbon
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation
Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Iraq Campaign Medal /w 1 Service Star
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Navy Sea Service Ribbon
Namesake of USS Jason Dunham (DDG-109)

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