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A MEDAL OF HONOR REMINDER FROM 2004
# 1. 5/25/12 7:26 AM by Bill - Spencerport,NY
Remembering and honoring men and women like Cpl Jason L. Dunham, is what Memorial Day is supposed to be about, unfortunately somehow someway this day has been changed to a reason to party and celebrate the start of summer and for retail stores to hold big sales. Great story Bob.
# 2. 5/25/12 8:12 AM by Jodi - Wayne County East
I know this column is about a local small town Marine who performed a courageous act of unselfish heroism and it deserves nothing less than a solemn and reverential response.
With that said Monday is the 50th day after Easter Sunday or Resurrection Day. It is the Jewish Feast Day of Pentecost and the day God gave the gift of His Holy Spirit to His Church, the Bride of Christ
Jesus' presentation without spot or blemish, sacrificial death and resurrection as the blessed Lamb of God occurred on the first three Feast days of the Jewish Holy Calendar and many fundamental bible scholars believe that His return to snatch away or Rapture His Bride the Church into Heaven could likely occur on the Feast Day of Pentecost.
If on this Monday suddenly hundreds of millions of fundamental bible believing Christians have suddenly disappeared without a trace and you are left behind it's OK. They will not have been abducted by aliens as many will say but they have been received in Heaven by their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
It is those that have been left behind whose lives and very souls will be in great danger from the coming false or anti-christ and the coming judgment or wrath of God upon this earth and it's unbelieving people before His second coming.
Do you know Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior?
Are you death or Rapture Ready?
# 3. 5/25/12 8:31 AM by Kevin - Wake Forest, NC
Thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice for your country Cpl Dunham! Words cannot adequately describe appreciation...
# 4. 5/25/12 8:37 AM
It's hard reading a column like that only to be greated by your ad for FUBO merchandise that deliberately craps on Americas Commander in Chief.
Making a cheap buck off political polarization is one thing, doing it along with a story of an American hero who gave his life for country is nauseating.
Editor's Note: don't worry, in another six months he won't be commander in chief anymore.
# 5. 5/25/12 9:23 AM by Mike - Hilton, NY
Good morning Bob, and once again; thank you. I remember this incident and all Americans should be reminded of all heroes, past and present, this weekend. I had a friend who went to school with Cpl Dunham's father. I will remember this Marine this weekend along with my nephew Jason and thank all vets for their service to the nation and for us.
# 6. 5/25/12 9:54 AM by Lee, LPN - Greece
There is another word---"HERO".
# 7. 5/25/12 12:02 PM by Bob - Rush,NY
A wonderful tribute, Bob. Through tears in my eyes I want to thank him, his family and wll those that have gone before and since.
# 8. 5/25/12 12:30 PM by John Sheard - Ypsilanti, MI
Semper Fi comrade.
# 9. 5/25/12 1:31 PM by OldVietVet - Rochester, NY
Lets hope that L/cpl Dunham will pray for those of us left here on earth, for he is in a better place today."Better love than this has no man, than to lay down his life for his brother"
# 10. 5/25/12 1:50 PM by Cal - Rochester, NY
My hometown of Scio is better than Mayberry. It was a great place to be raised. My father taught in Scio. Jason Dunham`s mother taught home economics there too. His family lives on Amity Lake, where my parents also lived.
No greater love has any man than to lay down his life for a friend. - Jesus
I`ve been researching the background of Jason`s experience. It is really worth reading. Very interesting. He had ALSO REINLISTED TO HELP SAVE HIS BUDDIES FROM DEATH. He was out on patrol when a launched grenade whizzed by above him in his humvie. He and his men were ordered to go on foot to look for the launcher. They rounded up 7 suspicious cars and started searching. All of a sudden an Iraqi bounded out of his car and attacked Jason. They wrestled to the ground and then Jason spotted the British Mills grenade in his clenched fist. He dropped it and Jason hollered a warning and jumped on it with his helmit. It went off mortally wounding Jason. He was on life support for 10 days with his parents at his side in Bethesda. Then they pulled the plug and let him die because he was so seriously wounded.
Jason`s point man was Kelly Miller. Kelly felt guilty because he servived. He suffered POSD. One night he was driving drunk with his girlfriend and his car went airbourne and broke a telephone pole 20 ft off the ground and landed on the drivers side! They both barely survived. He was looking at 2 felony charges and 6 years in prison. The military intervened and he got 6 days in prison and 4 years community service. Girl friends parents were outraged. In court his girlfriend did stick by him. He had wanted to become a deputy sherrif. If he successfully servives community service the felonies will be removed. All this after he had reinlisted and served in Iraq again!
War can be hell! Thank God for the brave souls who fight for the rest of us, ESPECIALLY WHEN ALL OF THIS COMES HOME, FOR THE SAKE OF THE REST OF US!
# 11. 5/25/12 4:39 PM by Bob - Webster
If you don't normally attend a Memorial Day service, you should. I'm told I can be a cold-hearted tough-guy, but I never leave the ceremony without shedding a tear.
# 12. 5/25/12 5:06 PM by Leigh - Rochester, NY
#4- I only buy FUBO items to crap on Obama since the Secret Service won't let me crap on him personally. But in view of your hatred of FUBO, I'm placing an order today for more FUBO stickers, and I'm doing it in your honor, just to piss you off.
# 13. 5/25/12 6:28 PM by Bob Harker - Clarendon, NY
Bob, thank you.
As a Vietnam veteran, I thought I'd gotten over the emotion of war. My position as an AE during Frequent Wind on the Enterprise had almost vanished.
Your column brought me back to the glue that we veterans hold.
I now have so memories that I can cherish this weekend.
Some good, and some not so good.
I will relish both.
# 14. 5/26/12 9:21 PM by GEORGE (THE OTHER ONE) - GANANOQUE ONTARIO CANADA
It is interesting that #4 (apparently brave enough to omit his name) complains about 'FUBO' but not about how that fool in the White House has desecrated the office of President of the United States with his racism, class warfare, lies and deceit for four years. It's called perspective #4. Get some.
# 15. 5/27/12 12:01 AM by Daryl Nations - Columbia, SC
Thank you for your tribute to one who gave his life for our country. Last weekend, a friend gave me a book on Metal of Honor recipients. The title is "The Metal of Honor, Our American Heroes". The book is published by the R. L. Bryan Company in Columbia, SC. It is a 2010 publication that was current at the time and contains information on Cpl. Dunham. It contains information about every Metal Of Honor recipient since it was awarded for the first during the Civil War.
The publication is being donated to Metal of Honor Recipients, public libraries and schools. I highly recommend it to every patriot. This is one awesome publication and will be treasured for generations as it is passed down through our family.
I just lost a dear friend, Spc Junot Mevs Legrand Cochilus less than a month ago in Afghanistan. He volunteered for Route Clearance and felt honored to serve the country where he had earned citizenship less than a year ago.
Freedom is very expensive and should not be allowed to be surrendered through illegal acts by our government officials.
I would like to say thank you to every Veteran and every member of our Armed Forces in your audience.
Thank you for your service to our country.
# 16. 5/28/12 2:05 PM by Boomer - Scottsville ny
"All gave some Some gave all" For the present conflicts "All out or Get out"
# 17. 5/29/12 5:47 AM
I put off reading this story for three days because I knew where it would lead, already having read the gruesome details before. When I finally garnered the courage just to read this story again, I was held in awe, just as if I had heard it for the first time...
# 18. 5/29/12 5:58 AM
Too bad radio talker war mongers can't throw themselves on a grenade.
There would be no act more heroic for the betterment of humanity
# 19. 5/29/12 8:12 AM by Christopher - Newport News, VA
Cpl Jason L. Dunham, thank you and God bless you.
# 20. 5/29/12 10:33 AM
A Memorial Day blessing.
My husband comes from one of those families that get mad and hold grudges for generations.
Yesterday at the cemetary we noticed an older fellow who seemed to be looking for a grave and not finding it. Every time we stopped to clear a family headstone and put out flowers, there he was, wandering and searching. We finally asked if we could help him find a stone, only to find out he was searching for all the graves we were visiting. He was my husband's cousin and they had never met. Now he'll be bringing his family to our son's Eagle court of honor next month.
Maybe it takes being surrounded by graves to realize that life is too short to hold on to grudges or anger.
# 21. 5/29/12 3:22 PM by bill - Dallas, TX
Fox News told his story on Monday. It is a gripping story.
# 22. 5/29/12 4:26 PM by Kevin - Southie, MA
Great article. I'm struck by the number of NO responses to your question that asked if people had planned to attend a Memorial Day service. Sad indeed.
# 23. 5/31/12 8:05 AM by Whitey
FUBO is now OK with me since Obama screwed things up more. The problem with blacks in this country is that they voted for Barry-O for the wrong reasons. Blacks need to show they are more principled than that. He's getting a present from Condi - she will endorse Romney. Powell needs to do the same.
# 24. 6/5/12 6:59 PM by Paul Davis - Pittsford, NY
The enemy over there has been quoted as saying that they will win, because "they love death more than we love life". Selfless acts such as the one described in your column expose that statement for the lie that it is. We love one another enough that the bravest and best among us are willing to sacrifice themselves to save others. Another great piece of writing, sir.
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