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Petition seeks Medal of Honor for fallen Marines

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Lance Cpl. Jordan Haerter, left, and Cpl. Jonathan Yale, right (Marine Corps)

Jordan C. Haerter, left, and Cpl. Jonathan T. Yale, right (Marine Corps)

A petition posted on the White House website asks the president to award the nation’s highest award for valor to two fallen Marines who in 2008 stopped a truck laden with explosives from barreling through the checkpoint they were guarding in Iraq,saving dozens of lives.

But those who want to sign on must act quickly. The deadline is Sunday.

Cpl. Jonathan Yale, a rifleman with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, and Lance Cpl. Jordan Haerter, another rifleman with 1st Battalion, 9th Marines, were awarded the Navy Cross posthumously in February 2009. But the petition asks President Obama to upgrade the awards to the Medal of Honor.

Yale and Haerter were killed on April 22, 2008. They were manning an entry control point of a joint security station in Ramadi, Iraq, when a 20-foot tanker truck sped towards them. Iraqi policemen who were guarding the checkpoint with the Marines fled, but Yale and Haerter ran out in front of the truck and began to shoot.

The driver slowed and then detonated 2,000 pounds of explosives. The two riflemen were killed in the attack, but prevented the driver from penetrating the gate. Their actions were credited with saving the lives of at least 50 people.

For their bravery and for saving the lives of their commrades, the Marines should be awarded the Medal of Honor, according to G.F. of Alexandria, Va., who created the petition on the White House website in December.

“As the Iraqis around them fled, they leaned in, unloading their weapons,” G.F. wrote.

In order for petitions on that site to be reviewed by White House officials, they must get at least 100,000 signatures within 30 days. That deadline is Sunday. So far, about 2,800 people have signed it.

The blast that killed Yale and Haerter was captured by a security camera. In 2009, then-Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James T. Conway, highlighted the actions of the two riflemen during that year’s Marine Corps birthday message.

Conway said that if older veterans questioned the capabilities of today’s generation of Marines, they could look to the courage, selflessness and devotion to duty shown by Yale and Haerter that day in 2008. Staff Sgt. Kenneth Grooms, with 1/9, spoke about the attack during the video message.

“I’m not sure if I could even put into the right words what it took for those two Marines that day to stare death in the face and say, ‘You’re not taking my brothers, you are not passing,’” Grooms said.

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  1. VNVet Says:
    January 2nd, 2014 at 6:00 pm

    These two most assuredly deserve it!

  2. Jason Burnette Says:
    January 2nd, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Well deserved.

  3. Luke Phillips Says:
    January 2nd, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    I served with Corporal Yale, he was an outstanding Marine, he have us and many more a chance to live and fight another day. They deserved this award from the commands and the commandant, but even now deserve it more than ever!!! Give these devil dogs what they are due!!

  4. Deanna Spikes Says:
    January 2nd, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Keep this going. Well earned and deserved

  5. Kathy A Says:
    January 2nd, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Their heroic effort saved the lives of many. They earned the MOH.

  6. Chuck Says:
    January 2nd, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    UNBELIEVABLE how few signatures are on this petition! STAND for these Marines!

  7. KAREN KARTIS Says:
    January 2nd, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    The medal is the least that these 2 men deserve!!!!!! They saved lives & protect all of the united states!!!!!!! we should be kissing their feet!!!!! Thank you for being you!!! your a warrior with angel wings!!!!! GOD BLESS YOU!!!!!!

  8. Mary Jane Says:
    January 2nd, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    The petition can be found at:

    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/initiate-process-award-corporal-jonathan-yale-and-lance-corporal-jordan-haerter-congressional-medal/7GtsVXFF

  9. cpl jansens ret. Says:
    January 2nd, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    the GMH cant be bought by any civilian or soldier it can only be earned in the field of battle it is in my judgement the highest honer one can hope to achieve in this life worth more than all the worlds riches and these marines deserve it . semper fi brothers

  10. SIR Brian Hatches Says:
    January 2nd, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Proper award is in due cause.

  11. Daniel Lucin Says:
    January 2nd, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Its the least they could do!!!!!!!!

  12. Rich Foster Says:
    January 2nd, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    The most bad ass of devil dogs, Chesty Puller, was awarded 5 Navy Crosses for Valor. That is exactly what these 2 bad ass Marines earned and were awarded. Are you trying to say there should be a White House petition to award Chesty the Medal of Honor for his Navy Cross citations?

  13. anonymous Says:
    January 2nd, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    Outstanding Marines. They deserve the Medal of Honor! Now!

  14. ed carneal Says:
    January 2nd, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    deserved

  15. Joanne Murray Says:
    January 2nd, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    These military men without doubt deserve the Medal of Honor. It is just too sad that they couldn’t be here to receive their honor, but I pray they will know above. So many of our young are putting their lives on the line for us while turmoil never ends and I sometimes feel we should let those countries battle out their own problems that have been going on for years back in history only to continue and have us lose our military for a neverending issue! They deserve the honors!

  16. Matthew Sutton Says:
    January 2nd, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    I am in awe of the selfless act of heroism that these two Marines demonstrated!!!! Sad thing is there bravery wasn’t spoken of til now. please honor them now with the M.O.H.

  17. Serena Says:
    January 2nd, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    Much deserved. Miss you Jon.

  18. Edward Eluere Says:
    January 2nd, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    Award them BOTH

  19. Teresa Phillips Says:
    January 2nd, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    Please receive these wonderful young men as heroes of mine and our country! Please award them the highest level of awards for their service for me and my country where they gave their lives for me and my country! The least my country could do for them! Please also raise any benefits to their families for their sacrifice to me and my country!!!

  20. Lynne Says:
    January 2nd, 2014 at 11:03 pm

    Semper Fi

  21. Daniel Godwin Says:
    January 2nd, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    Their families and memories deserve this award.

  22. Kevin B Says:
    January 3rd, 2014 at 12:34 am

    Thank you for your service, you will forever be remembered brothers. You deserve a MOH!

  23. Mike C Says:
    January 3rd, 2014 at 12:36 am

    You deserve an MOH and much more. My heart goes out to the families for raising two of the best men America could ever ask for. Continue the fight for our Veterans here!
    http://www.ChicagoVets.org

  24. Joe Says:
    January 3rd, 2014 at 1:11 am

    Never forgotten, I literally think of that morning everyday, everyday that I am greatful to have, Thank you worriors.

  25. Carolyn Says:
    January 3rd, 2014 at 1:26 am

    These men absolutely deserve the Medal of Honor it shouldn’t even be a question or need a petition. What is wrong with our government?

  26. Corey Pollock Says:
    January 3rd, 2014 at 1:52 am

    They meet the criteria for the award and willing gave of themselves to save their Brothers. Semper Fi Brothers, RIP, your watch is over.

  27. Brian fisher CWO-USMC Ret Says:
    January 3rd, 2014 at 2:45 am

    Take care of there warriors and award them the MOH..

  28. lynn mcquay Says:
    January 3rd, 2014 at 5:31 am

    up grade

  29. Linda Mark Says:
    January 3rd, 2014 at 6:11 am

    Reward these HEROES they paid the ultimate price their LIFE.

  30. Linda Mark Says:
    January 3rd, 2014 at 6:13 am

    Reward these they paid the ultimate price “Their Lives”.

  31. Linda Mark Says:
    January 3rd, 2014 at 6:15 am

    Reward these heroes they paid the ultimate price to help others with their lives.

  32. Ann Says:
    January 3rd, 2014 at 7:00 am

    Our heroes deserves the rewards/medals of honors. Make this happen for them and a evert for world peace by command. Our young heroes gave up a lot for people they never knew and from here it is their last Medal of Honor for their service. Is it to little to ask for our military to have a last request of honor for their scaerfice. Please honor them with salute & medal.

  33. Karen Phillips Says:
    January 3rd, 2014 at 7:48 am

    Give these 2 Hero’s what they Deserve .

  34. mark mcelhinney Says:
    January 3rd, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Reward these they paid the ultimate price

  35. James Kratky Says:
    January 3rd, 2014 at 8:22 am

    Cpl Yale and LCpl Haerter will never be forgotten!

  36. Jen Says:
    January 3rd, 2014 at 8:55 am

    YeS! These heroes deserve it…already should have it!

  37. S.D. Says:
    January 3rd, 2014 at 9:02 am

    this is a tough subject, my take is this, yes the two marines did their job. they were awarded the second highest medal on the list. that is no oversight. the medal of honor would be better but alot of people have acted very brave in the line of duty but received nothing but a small monument without the reality of what they did. to give your life in the direct line of fire should garner the highest award. semperfi srg

  38. John H Says:
    January 3rd, 2014 at 10:18 am

    This is a long shot given the short amount of time that this has been publicized via the blog. I have been looking at the “terms” and don’t see anything prohibiting making another run at it. Given the full 30 days to blast this over social media, I think 100000 is actually attainable for an issue like this.

  39. Fabrice Bellini Says:
    January 3rd, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Give these guys and their family the respect they deserve. These men’s actions saved many lives. They are the quintessential heroes for the highest military honor. God bless them and their families.

  40. Jackie Rochetti Says:
    January 3rd, 2014 at 11:09 am

    They should definitely be honored.

  41. Celia Ruiz Says:
    January 3rd, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Please give these heroes what the earned! Even tho this administration does no care!!! RIP Marines!!

  42. Andrew Koricich Says:
    January 3rd, 2014 at 11:29 am

    Comment.

  43. El Toro Says:
    January 3rd, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    If there was ever a good day to die, it’s in a blaze of glory protecting your brothers while they sleep. Cpl Yale and LCpl Haerter, you will always be remembered.

  44. m f andrews Says:
    January 3rd, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    Most definitely they both should be honored with the highest medal, They gave up there life to protect others. Bless them and their families.

  45. Janet West Says:
    January 3rd, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    I’d sign this petition. Thank you for your service and the ultimate sacrifice you made.

  46. Bart Says:
    January 3rd, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    please keep petitioning for this it needs to gain ground

  47. Eva Kristersson Says:
    January 3rd, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    They´ve earned it!!!

  48. Eva Kristersson Says:
    January 3rd, 2014 at 5:19 pm

    They´ve earned it !!!

  49. Chad v milo Says:
    January 3rd, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Semper Fi and rest easy brothers.

  50. Megan Says:
    January 3rd, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    God Speed

  51. Andy Hamm Says:
    January 4th, 2014 at 12:20 am

    Always Faithful…lived that way and obviously died that way…Saved numerous brothers…Why wouldn’t you award them, thereby Honoring them for Courageously Committing their lives for their Brothers and the Corps.

  52. Sarfaraz Says:
    January 4th, 2014 at 12:27 am

    Hats off !!

  53. ....... Says:
    January 4th, 2014 at 12:51 am

    I was there that day. You wouldn’t believe the blast . These two are hard

  54. Deanne Kelly Says:
    January 4th, 2014 at 2:44 am

    Should not even question it ! They deserve it !!

  55. Manuel Esparza Says:
    January 4th, 2014 at 4:04 am

    Bad ass commitment an loyalty they showed. Definitely deserve it. Semper Fidelis marines

  56. Gunner Mench Says:
    January 4th, 2014 at 5:43 am

    Semper Fidelis. Without question, they deserve it.

  57. Sean Rochette Says:
    January 4th, 2014 at 11:06 am

    Give these Marines the MOH. As stated above, they stared death in the face and gave their lives to protect the lives of their brothers

  58. Nicholas Morgucz Says:
    January 4th, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    These men stood their ground while the Iraqi’s crapped their drawers and ran. The MOH is more than deserved. Semper Fi.

  59. Mikhail Dobin Says:
    January 4th, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    They´ve earned it !!!

  60. Susan Jaskolski Says:
    January 5th, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    M courage of this hero cannot be expressed in words

  61. magnummedals Says:
    January 6th, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    They did a great job with full bravery. They do deserve the greatest award for there bravery.

  62. Chief Redleg, USMC Says:
    January 7th, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    They were presented the Navy Crosss for their actions., but to present the MOH to someone who did their job, what they were trained to do just because they died doing it. I am sorry, there are/were many other service member who died doing their job, do we go back and give all of them the MOH?

  63. John Mason Says:
    January 8th, 2014 at 4:24 am

    They deserve it!