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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
November 10, 2006

Fact Sheet: President Bush Dedicates the National Museum of the Marine Corps and Announces He Will Award Corporal Jason Dunham the Medal of Honor

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Today, At The Dedication Of The National Museum Of The Marine Corps, President Bush Announced He Will Award The Medal Of Honor (Posthumous) To Corporal Jason Dunham.

The Medal Of Honor Is America's Highest Decoration For Valor. The Medal of Honor, established by Joint Resolution of Congress, is awarded in the name of Congress to a person who, while a member of the Armed Forces, distinguishes himself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against any enemy of the United States, while engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force, or while serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party. Corporal Dunham's family will be presented the medal at an upcoming ceremony at the White House.

Since Taking Office, President Bush Has Awarded Six Medals Of Honor. Three were for Vietnam, one was for World War II, one was for Korea, and one was for Iraq.

President Bush Dedicates The National Museum Of The Marine Corps

Today We Celebrate The 231st Birthday Of One Of The World's Premier Fighting Forces, And We Mark The Opening Of Our Nation's Most Modern Military Museum. In this museum, visitors will feel what it is like to go through boot camp, land on a World War II beach under fire, or deploy from a helicopter in a hot zone in Vietnam. The museum is shaped in the form of the famous photograph of the flag-raising on Iwo Jima.

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