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Military-Themed Activities For Bush On Day After Iraq Plan January 11, 2007

Posted by notapundit in Military News, Politics, US News, White House.
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WASHINGTON (AP)–A young Marine who fell on a hand grenade in Iraq two years ago, giving his life to save comrades, was given the Medal of Honor Thursday by President George W. Bush, becoming only the second Iraq war recipient of the prestigious award.

Bush awarded the medal, the highest U.S. military decoration, to the late Marine Cpl. Jason Dunham. Dunham’s parents accepted on their son’s behalf during the somber ceremony in the White House’s East Room.

“He was the guy who signed on for an extra two months in Iraq so he could stay with his squad. As he explained it, he wanted to `make sure that everyone makes it home alive,'” the president said. “Cpl. Dunham took that promise seriously and would give his own life to make it good.”

Immediately after, Bush left for an Army fort in Georgia that must now send troops off to Iraq more quickly than expected.

At Fort Benning, Ga., Bush was to have lunch with about 200 soldiers and 100 of their family members before delivering a speech that revisits his retooled war strategy.

The president also was to watch a demonstration of infantry training and meet privately with families who have lost loved ones.

The 3rd Brigade of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division, based at Fort Benning, will deploy early to Iraq to support Bush’s plan. Soldiers there were in line to go to Iraq in the coming months, and that timetable has been accelerated.

Thursday’s military-themed agenda of military themes came as Bush’s new Iraq war plan faced a showdown with the Democrats who lead Congress and oppose the plan’s centerpiece – another escalation in the American force level.

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