Two Fallen Marines To Receive Navy's Highest Honor

Two Camp Lejeune Marines will be honored posthumously by the Secretary of the Navy.

Secretary Donald Winter will present the Navy Cross at a ceremony Friday at the National Museum of the Marine Corps near Quantico, Va.

Lance Cpl. Jordan Haerter of Sag Harbor, N.Y., and Cpl. Jonathan Yale of Burkeville, Va., were killed in April 2008 by a suicide bomber. The Marines opened fire stopping the attack, but were mortally wounded by the explosion. They are credited with saving more than 50 Marines and Iraqi police.

The Navy Cross is the Navy's highest award for combat valor. To date, 25 such honors have been awarded since Sept. 11, 2001.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Rance Location: Snow Hill NC on Feb 20, 2009 at 05:49 PM
    No greater love has a man than to give up his life for a friend. These men upheld the finest traditions of the Marine Corps. Semper Fi and god Bless.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Feb 20, 2009 at 05:30 PM
    May God bless you Lance Cpl. Haerter and Cpl. Yale.
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on Feb 20, 2009 at 09:27 AM
    First my condolances to the famillies. Lance Cpl Haerter ,and Cpl Yale thank you. For you are now with a Band of Brothers. When I was in the Army years ago. I had a talk with a Marine Sgt. About America it's History our Freedom, just a friend to friend talk no rank involved. I will never forget what he said all those years ago. " The bottom line is the cost of American freedom is American blood "

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