The Medal of Honor. It is earned, not given.


In the event this important announcement was overlooked yesterday, due to the discussion of President Bush’s speech Wednesday night, a Congressional Medal of Honor was presented by President Bush Thursday.
Corporal JASON L. DUNHAM, UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS, was presented the award posthumously, with his parent’s Dan and Deb Dunham accepting the highest honor our nation can bestow.
God Bless Jason, all of his family and loved ones.
He will be forever young, as we live on in a free nation.
Thank you Jason…thank you for being there for your fellow marines, and for us.

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a Rifle Squad Leader, 4th Platoon, Company K, Third
Battalion, Seventh Marines (Reinforced), Regimental Combat Team 7, First Marine
Division (Reinforced), on 14 April 2004. Corporal Dunham’s squad was conducting a reconnaissance mission in the town of Karabilah, Iraq, when they heard rocket-propelled grenade and small arms fire erupt approximately two kilometers to the west.
Corporal Dunham led his Combined Anti-Armor Team towards the engagement to provide fire support to their Battalion Commander’s convoy, which had been ambushed as it was traveling to Camp Husaybah. As Corporal Dunham and his Marines advanced, they quickly began to receive enemy fire. Corporal Dunham ordered his squad to dismount their vehicles and led one of his fire teams on foot several blocks south of the ambushed convoy. Discovering seven Iraqi vehicles in a column attempting to depart, Corporal Dunham and his team stopped the vehicles to search them for weapons. As they approached the vehicles, an insurgent leaped out and attacked Corporal Dunham. Corporal Dunham wrestled the insurgent to the ground and in the ensuing struggle saw the insurgent release a grenade. Corporal Dunham immediately alerted his fellow Marines to the threat. Aware of the imminent danger and without hesitation, Corporal Dunham covered the grenade with his helmet and body, bearing the brunt of the explosion and shielding his Marines from the blast. In an ultimate and selfless act of bravery in which he was mortally wounded, he saved the lives of at least two fellow Marines. By his undaunted courage, intrepid fighting spirit, and unwavering devotion to duty, Corporal Dunham gallantly gave his life for his country, thereby reflecting great credit upon himself and upholding the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Another link concerning this award, is here.

Missing Missouri boys found alive

>>KTVI>>LIVE VIDEO FEED>>> Missing 13 yr old Ben Ownby has been found alive. Developing… Acting on a tip, FBI agents and local sheriff’s deputies raided an apartment in Kirkwood Misouri looking for missing 13 year old Ben Ownby. Michael J. Devlin, 41, of Kirkwood, MO, was arrested. Ownby was found in the company of another missing Missouri teen, Shawn Hornbeck, missing since 2002.

compilation of reports from Foxnews, and KTVI, St. Louis.

UPDATE: William Ben Ownby and Shawn Hornbeck were found Friday afternoon in an apartment in Kirkwood. Ben, 13, went missing on Monday after getting off his school bus near his Beaufort, Missouri home. Sources tell FOX 2 News that the FBI stormed a house in Kirkwood and found Ben along with Shawn Hornbeck who had been missing since 2002. Hornbeck was last seen riding his bike on Oct. 6 in Richwoods, MO.

Police say they went to serve a search warrant and that resulted in the recovery.

Both boys appear to be okay. They will be checked out.

There was a tip on the truck that led them to the area.

Under arrest is, Michael J. Devlin, 41, of Kirkwood, Missouri with one count of kidnapping. He is in custody being held on $1 million bond. More charges are likely to be filed.

Shawn Hornbeck was 11 years old when he disappeared. He is now 15.

UPDATE: Parents ecstatic…”Miracle”

ST. LOUIS, Missouri (CNN) — “I was just, just ecstatic. I didn’t say anything, I just grabbed him and held him,” said the mother of William Ben Ownby on Saturday, a day after he and another missing boy were found in a man’s apartment.

Ben, 13, had been missing since Monday; the other boy, Shawn Hornbeck, 15, had disappeared when he was 11 in 2002.

The joyful families of the missing boys spoke at two separate news conferences Saturday, each filled with emotion and overwhelming relief.

Shawn’s mother, Pam Akers, and his stepfather, Craig Akers, were elated at having Shawn back, four years after he went missing.

“We’ve got a lot of catching up to do,” said a tearful Pam Akers. “He’s grown up on me, that’s for sure.”

UPDATE: From St Louis Today: Other Missouri children still missing:

Other children still missing

Bianca Noel Piper, disappeared March 10, 2006. Bianca, 13, was
let out of the car to walk about a mile to her home in Lincoln County
near Foley, something a mental health professional had suggested and
her mother had done before to let her calm down after a quarrel. She
has not been seen since.

Arlin Henderson, disappeared July 25, 1991. Arlin, 11, went to
ride his bicycle near his house in Lincoln County, near Ethlyn. He
never came home. In 2001, Joshua Spangler confessed to killing Arlin at
the behest of two other men, pleaded guilty of murder and testified
against them, then recanted and admitted that he made up the whole

Scott Allen Kleeschulte, disappeared June 8, 1988. Scott, 9, was
last seen playing in the neighborhood near his home in St. Charles
shortly before a thunderstorm. He never returned home.

Christian Ferguson, disappeared June 11, 2003. Christian, 9, was
in an SUV with his father Dawan Ferguson. The father called 911 to say
the SUV was stolen when he stopped to make a phone call at 6 a.m. at
Skinker & Page. The vehicle was found two hours later, but
Christian wasn’t in it. He hasn’t been seen since.

Heather Kullorn, disappeared July 15, 1999. Heather, 12,
was baby-sitting the infant daughter of some family friends in Richmond
Heights. The baby’s father said he came home to find the infant alone
and Heather gone. Her body has never been found.

Gina Dawn Brooks, disappeared August 5, 1989. Gina, 13, was
abducted by two men in a station wagon as she rode her bike near her
home in Fredericktown, Mo. A murder charge was filed against Nathan D.
“Danny” Williams, a convicted child rapist, in 2003, but it was dropped
for lack of evidence. Her body has never been found.

Cermen Lamount Toney Jr., disappeared Nov. 6, 2005. Cermen, 4,
and his baby-sitter, 19-year-old Anquiaette M. Parker, who was about
eight months pregnant, were last seen in the State Park Place area near

Compiled by news researcher J. Stephen Bolhafner

UPDATE: Questions Remain

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Devlin’s relatives also were
shocked by the case and said they had no idea the boy was with him.

At Imo’s Pizzeria, where Devlin was a manager, an employee who did not
want to be identified told the newspaper that a boy called the
restaurant Friday afternoon looking for Devlin, who was being
questioned by the FBI at the time. The worker noticed on the caller ID
that the call came from Devlin’s home. The boy told him, “I’m Shawn
Wilcox. My father is a friend of Mike Devlin.”

The case recalls the improbable survival of Elizabeth Smart, the Salt
Lake City teen taken for nine months by a religious zealot. After her
return, many questioned why she didn’t flee her captors, despite many
apparent chances at freedom.

Stephen Golding, a forensic psychologist who examined the suspect in
the Smart case, said captors often establish control over their victims
through fear.

“People are led to believe, through someone taking advantage of their
vulnerabilities, that leaving is not an option, that things will get
worse for them or will get worse for others,” Golding said.

Both boys were abducted from rural areas of eastern Missouri, both
about an hour from metro St. Louis. Hornbeck disappeared Oct. 6, 2002,
while riding his bike in Richwoods in Washington County. Ownby was
taken soon after getting off a school bus Monday afternoon in the
Franklin County town of Beaufort, a beat-up white pickup seen by a
schoolmate the only real clue.

On Thursday night, police in Kirkwood, an upper middle class suburban
town, noticed a truck matching the description while serving an
unrelated warrant at a nearby apartment.

When FBI agents walked into a suburban St. Louis apartment a day later,
13-year-old Ben Ownby asked them, “Are you going to take me home?”, and
another teenager in the modest dwelling identified himself as Shawn
Hornbeck – reported missing 4 1/2 years ago.

“Obviously it was quite euphoric,” FBI Special Agent Roland Corvington said Saturday.

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