Marine Corp honors hero from WNY

SCIO, N.Y. (WIVB)- He served, and made the ultimate sacrifice to protect his fellow service members. The United States Marine Corps honored Corporal Jason Lee Dunham, of Scio, on Tuesday. Corporal Dunham is the definition of a true American hero. Now, his name will live on at the Marine Corps Ground Training Center in California.

In 2004, Corporal Dunham, a western New York native, risked his own life to save the lives of his fellow Marines. Now his legacy will live on when the Marine’s dedicate a hall to him at the training center.

Dunham was serving in Iraq at the time. While on patrol, his unit was attacked by insurgents. One of the insurgents released a hand grenade. Corporal Dunham covered the grenade with his helmet and his body, saving his comrades. He died eight days later.

This is a story we have been following since the beginning. News 4 spoke with his mother shortly after her son’s act of bravery.

His mother Debra Dunham told News 4, “I’ve lost my son. But he became a part of history. It still hurts as a parent, but the pride that you have knowing he did the right thing.”

Former Senator George Lemieux, R, Florida, said, “He was the first Marine to receive the medal of honor in the War on Terrorism and the first Marine to receive our highest military honor since Vietnam.”

A post office and a guided missile destroyer have also been named for the Alleghany County native.

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