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.

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