On the 241st birthday of the U.S. Marine Corp, we look back at the story of one Marine that encapsulates the bravery and honor with which these men serve.
On April 14, 2004, Marine Cpl. Jason Dunham, a squad leader with 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, was leading his men on a mission near Karabilah, Iraq. A call came through that the battalion commander’s convoy was under attack by small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades…When Dunham and his men came to an intersection and saw a line of cars along a dirt alleyway, they began searching the vehicles for weapons. As Dunham approached a rundown white Toyota Land Cruiser, the driver…leapt from the vehicle and the two tumbled to the ground…as a grenade rolled to the ground…The grenade was live. Without hesitation, Dunham leapt on top of it… [absorbing] the full impact of the blast. Dunham survived the initial explosion, but succumbed to his wounds on April 22, 2004. His selfless sacrifice saved the lives of at least two other Marines, at the cost of his own. He was 22.
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