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Twin Navy Crosses for Marines Who Stood Their Ground

    I heard the (M-249 Squad Automatic Weapon) go off at a cyclic rate and then the detonation along with a flash. Then I heard a Marine start yelling, ‘we got hit, we got hit.’" - Lance Cpl. Benjamin Tupaj, a rifleman with 3rd Platoon, Police Transition Team 3, Weapons Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Marines

Two Marines saved at least 50 that day.  They gave their lives to defend their post stopping a truck with thousands of pounds of explosives from getting near the gate.

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Marines render honors while the national anthem is played during a Navy Cross ceremony in honor of two fallen Camp Lejeune Marines, Lance Cpl. Jordan Haerter, from Sag Harbor, N.Y., and Cpl. Jonathan Yale, from Burkeville, Va. Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable Dr. Donald C. Winter, presented the awards at a ceremony at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. Haerter and Yale posthumously received the Navy Cross for actions in April 2008. They are credited with saving the lives of many Marines and Iraqi police.
Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kevin O'Brien, Navy Visual News Service

Be sure to read this post from last May about the Marines and the attack:

The Last Stand of Cpl. Yale and Lance Cpl. Haerter

Chuck Simmins at America's North Shore Journal alerted us to the ceremony held last weekend to honor Yale and Haerter.  They were awarded the Navy Cross for their valor.

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Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable Dr. Donald C. Winter, presents Joann Lyles, mother of Lance Cpl. Jordan Haerter, the Navy Cross, at a ceremony at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. Haerter, from Sag Harbor, N.Y., and Cpl. Jonathan Yale, from Burkeville, Va., both were posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for their heroic actions in Iraq in April 2008. They are credited with saving the lives of many Marines and Iraqi police.
Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Kevin O'Brien, Navy Visual News Service

Godspeed, Marines.

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