An op-ed piece in a recent issue of Marine Corps Times, has renewed the call for the Congressional Medal of Honor to be awarded to Lance Cpl. Jordan Haerter of Sag Harbor and Cpl. Jonathan Yale of Virginia, who were killed defending their base from a truck laden with explosives in Ramadi, Iraq, on April 22, 2008.
The article compares the heroism of Lance Cpl. Haerter and Cpl. Yale to that of retired Cpl. William Kyle Carpenter who was awarded the nation’s highest military honor last week for throwing himself on a grenade to protect his fellow marines while on duty in Iraq in 2010.
The piece notes that the two marines stood their ground, firing at the truck, while an Iraqi guard fled from the checkpoint.
It notes that earlier this year, U.S. Representative Tim Bishop introduced a bill that would authorize President Obama to review the actions of the two marines, who were posthumously awarded the Navy Cross, the navy’s highest award, should instead be awarded the Medal of Honor.
“Right now that bill languishes in the House Committee on Armed Services,” the article points out. “Right now would be a perfect time to give that bill review.”