Two Camp Lejeune Marines will receive Navy Cross medals posthumously.
Lance Cpl. Jordan Haerter, from Sag Harbor, N.Y. and Cpl. Jonathan T. Yale, from Burkeville, Va. will be honored at a ceremony at the National Museum of the Marine Corps near Quantico, Va. on February 20.
According to a Navy press release, the Navy Cross is the highest medal for valor awarded by the Department of the Navy. It is only second in stature across the armed forces to the Medal of Honor.
Haerter and Yale were Camp Lejeune Marines, assigned to the 2nd Marine Division, serving with 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, and 2nd Bn., 8th Marines, respectively
The two died on April 22, 2008 when a suicide bomber targeted the post in Ramadi where Haerter and Yale were standing post. The Navy says the Marines recognized the threat of a bomb when the truck started accelerating towards the post. The Marines fired on the truck, stopping it a few feet from where they stood. That is where the suicide bomber exploded approximately 2,000 pounds of explosives.
The military says their actions saved the lives of 50 Marines and Iraqi policemen.