Saturday, November 11, 2006

Late Veteran's Day Post

I was reading of the awarding of a medal to a Marine - unfortunately, as often happens, posthumously:
Bush announced on Friday that the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military decoration, will be awarded posthumously to Marine Cpl. Jason Dunham.

In April 2004, Dunham was leading a patrol in an Iraqi town near the Syrian border when the patrol stopped a convoy of cars leaving the scene of an attack on a Marine convoy, according to military and media accounts of the action.

An occupant of one of the cars attacked Dunham and the two fought hand to hand. As they fought, Dunham yelled to fellow Marines, "No, no watch his hand." The attacker then dropped a grenade and Dunham hurled himself on top of it, using his helmet to try to blunt the force of the blast.

Still, Dunham was critically wounded in the explosion and died eight days later at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland. would go so far to protect people who are not biologically related to themselves. It's a tribute to the fact that soldiers, sailors, and Marines become related in the most important way - they become, through their service, blood brothers to those they serve with.

In the aftermath of this year's election, I can only hope that, when these men and women return, they give serious consideration to standing for political office. The last group of veterans that had a major impact on the nation was the so-called "class of 1946", that contained many vets elected that year, including among them, John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon. It's time that Congress benefited from an influx of fresh faces and ideas.





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