When asked why he volunteered to extend his enlistment and stay in Iraq, Marine Cpl. Jason Dunham responded: "I want to make sure everyone makes it home alive. I want to be sure you go home to your wife alive."
Later, on on 14 April 2004, "aware of the imminent danger and without hesitation, Corporal Dunham covered the grenade with his helmet and body, bearing the brunt of the explosion and shielding his Marines from the blast. In an ultimate and selfless act of bravery in which he was mortally wounded, he saved the lives of at least two fellow Marines. By his undaunted courage, intrepid fighting spirit, and unwavering devotion to duty, Corporal Dunham gallantly gave his life for his country, thereby reflecting great credit upon himself and upholding the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service."
He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.
Please take a few moments to view Cpl Dunham's Medal of Honor announcement and presentation ceremony at You Served.