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December 30, 2008

Semper Fidelis...It's Not Just A Slogan

Cpl. Jonathan Yale and Lance Cpl. Jordan Haerter (USMC) stood their ground so others might live.

Some Iraqis told him they were incredulous that the two Marines had not fled.

When Marine technicians restored a damaged security camera, the images were undeniable.

While Iraqi police fled, Haerter and Yale had never flinched and never stopped firing as the Mercedes truck -- the same model used in the Beirut bombing -- sped directly toward them.

Without their steadfastness, the truck would probably have penetrated the compound before it exploded, and 50 or more Marines and Iraqis would have been killed. The incident happened in just six seconds.

"No time to talk it over; no time to call the lieutenant; no time to think about their own lives or even the American and Iraqi lives they were protecting," (Marine Maj. Gen. John) Kelly said. "More than enough time, however, to do their duty. They never hesitated or tried to escape."

Each Marine will be posthumously awarded the Navy Cross (an award for valor second only to the Medal of Honor) early next year.

"Indythinker" points out that Yale and Haerter each have tribute sites dedicated to their memories.

Also, polynikes reminds us of the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund.

(h/t Lex)


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