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Every day ordinary young Americans are fighting and dying 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, Dunhams helmet was in shreds, and the corporal lay face down in his own blood. The Marines beside him were seriously wounded. Dunham was subsequently nominated for the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nations highest award for military valor.

Phillipss minute-by-minute chronicle of the chaotic fighting that raged throughout the area and culminated in Dunhams injury provides a grunts-eye view of war as its being fought today—fear, confusion, bravery, and suffering set against a brotherhood forged in combat. His account of Dunhams 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.

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This embedded reporter's coverage of the war in Iraq provides a view of fear, confusion, bravery, and suffering set against a brotherhood forged in combat. He focuses on the actions of Jason Dunham, a 22-year-old Marine corporal, who became the first serviceman in Iraq nominated for the Congressional Medal of Honor.

About the Author

MICHAEL M. PHILLIPS, a staff reporter for the Wall Street Journal, has done four tours in Iraq with the Third Battalion, Seventh Marines. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and two children.

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ISBN:
9780767920384
Author:
Phillips, Michael M
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Author:
Phillips, Michael
Author:
Phillips, Michael M.
Subject:
Military - United States
Subject:
Military
Subject:
Medal of honor
Subject:
Iraq War, 2003
Subject:
Military - Iraq War
Subject:
Military - Iraq War (2003-)
Subject:
Biography-Military
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20060531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.02x5.26x.69 in. .47 lbs.

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