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Dunhams Say Son's Medal of Honor Is For All Troops

By WBFO News Staff

Scio, NY – The parents of Marine Corporal Jason Dunham have returned to their rural Allegany County home after a trip to Washington where they learned their son will receive the nation's highest military award -- the Medal of Honor.

Dunham was severely wounded and later died after using his body to shield fellow Marines from the blast of a grenade in Iraq.

His father, Dan Dunham, says the Medal of Honor will belong to all the troops who have sacrificed their lives.

"We're going to accept this medal. It'll be here. But it will belong to all the soldiers," Dunham said.

The Dunhams praised a doctor who held their son's hand as he lay mortally wounded in a field hospital. They believe that act of kindness gave their son the strength to live long enough to be transferred to a Bethesda, Maryland hospital, where his parents could be with him before he died.

Jason Dunham would have been 25 last Friday -- the day of the ceremony in Washington. His mother, Deb, said the Medal of Honor is "the birthday gift we couldn't give him."