The Wall Street Journal
Washington, D.C.

Every day ordinary young Americans are fighting in Iraq with the same bravery, honor, and sense of duty that have distinguished American
troops throughout history. One of these is Jason Dunham, a twenty-two-year-old Marine corporal from the one-stoplight town of Scio,
New York, whose stunning story reporter Michael M. Phillips discovered while he was embedded with a Marine infantry battalion in the
Iraqi desert. Corporal Dunham was on patrol near the Syrian border, on April 14, 2004, when a black-clad Iraqi leaped out of a car and
grabbed him around his neck. Fighting hand-to-hand in the dirt, Dunham saw his attacker drop a grenade and made the instantaneous
decision to place his own helmet over the explosive in the hope of containing the blast and protecting his men. When the smoke cleared,
Dunham's helmet was in shreds, and the corporal lay facedown in his own blood. The Marines beside him were seriously wounded. Dunham
was subsequently nominated for the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation's highest award for military valor." Phillips's minute-by-minute chronicle of the chaotic fighting that raged throughout the area and culminated in Dunham's injury provides a grunt's-eye view of war as it's
being fought today - fear, confusion, bravery, and suffering set against a brotherhood forged in combat. His account of Dunham's eight-day
journey home and of his parents' heartrending reunion with their son powerfully illustrates the cold brutality of war and the fragile humanity of those who fight it. Dunham leaves an indelible mark upon all who know his story, from the doctors and nurses who treat him, to the readers
of the original Wall Street Journal article that told of his singular act of valor.”

About Micheal Phillips (Click Here)

Return to Main Page