A petition filed on the White House website, garnering more than 700 signatures already, is seeking to posthumously award Lance Corporal Jordan C. Haerter the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest honor bestowed by the American Military.
In the early morning hours of April 22, 2008, Mr. Haerter, as well as Corporal Jonathan Yale of Virginia, were at the guard post protecting their platoon’s camp as an oil-tanker driven by suicide bombers approached the camp’s entrance.
While Iraqi guards also stationed at the post fled, the two Marines stood their ground and kept firing at the driver.
Because they stayed and fought, the truck was unable to penetrate the barrier, and exploded just outside of their guard post.
The two men were killed instantly.
The blast destroyed 24 surrounding homes, but the two men were the only ones killed, saving 150 comrades, according to the petition.
The petition, which was filed on December 6 by someone in Mr. Yale’s home state, is seeking 100,000 signatures, and hopefully get the ball rolling to get the two Navy Cross medal recipients, the second highest military decoration awarded to a member of the United States Navy, the nation’s top honor.
“I just found out about this petition this morning,” said Christian Haerter, Jordan’s father and founder of Jordan’s Initiative, a foundation to honor his son’s valor. “I don’t know who started this push. I got an email from one of Jordan’s commanders in Iraq with a link to the petition, but I don’t know much about it.”
Adding that he doesn’t know if online whitehouse.gov petition will have any bearing on what can be an insular decision making process, the senior Mr. Haerter said he would be honored if this idea went anywhere and will lend his support to the push.
“There was a question, not on our end but by a lot of Marines and retired Marines who were affected by what he did for his brothers, about whether or not he should’ve received the Medal of Honor from the get go,” he said. “He got the Navy Cross, which itself is a huge honor. We’ll see where this goes.”
To sign the petition, visit the above link, and to hear more about Jordan’s Initiative, visit http://www.jordansinitiative.com.