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The Gift of Valor - A War Story-logo

The Gift of Valor - A War Story

Michael M. Phillips

Every day ordinary young Americans are fighting and dying in Iraq, with the same bravery, honor, and sense of duty that have distinguished American troops throughout history. One of these is Jason Dunham, a twenty-two-year-old Marine corporal from the one-stoplight town of Scio, New York, whose stunning story reporter Michael M. Phillips discovered while he was embedded with a Marine infantry battalion in the Iraqi desert. Corporal Dunham was on patrol near the Syrian borde, on April 14, 2004, when a black-clad Iraqi leaped out of a car and grabbed him around his neck. Fighting hand-to-hand in the dirt, Dunham saw his attacker drop a grenade and made the instantaneous decision to place his own helmet over the explosive in the hope of containing the blast and protecting his men. When the smoke cleared, Dunham's helmet was in shreds, and the corporal lay face down in his own blood. The Marines beside him were seriously wounded. Dunham was subsequently nominated for the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation's highest award for military valor. Phillips's minute-by-minute chronicle of the chaotic fighting that raged throughout the area and culminated in Dunham's injury provides a grunt's-eye view of war as it's being fought today-fear, confusion, bravery, and suffering set against a brotherhood forged in combat. His account of Dunham's eight-day journey home and of his parents' heartrending reunion with their son powerfully illustrates the cold brutality of war and the fragile humanity of those who fight it. Dunham leaves an indelible mark upon all who know his story, from the doctors and nurses who treat him, to the readers of the original Wall Street Journal article that told of his singular act of valor.

Every day ordinary young Americans are fighting and dying in Iraq, with the same bravery, honor, and sense of duty that have distinguished American troops throughout history. One of these is Jason Dunham, a twenty-two-year-old Marine corporal from the one-stoplight town of Scio, New York, whose stunning story reporter Michael M. Phillips discovered while he was embedded with a Marine infantry battalion in the Iraqi desert. Corporal Dunham was on patrol near the Syrian borde, on April 14, 2004, when a black-clad Iraqi leaped out of a car and grabbed him around his neck. Fighting hand-to-hand in the dirt, Dunham saw his attacker drop a grenade and made the instantaneous decision to place his own helmet over the explosive in the hope of containing the blast and protecting his men. When the smoke cleared, Dunham's helmet was in shreds, and the corporal lay face down in his own blood. The Marines beside him were seriously wounded. Dunham was subsequently nominated for the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation's highest award for military valor. Phillips's minute-by-minute chronicle of the chaotic fighting that raged throughout the area and culminated in Dunham's injury provides a grunt's-eye view of war as it's being fought today-fear, confusion, bravery, and suffering set against a brotherhood forged in combat. His account of Dunham's eight-day journey home and of his parents' heartrending reunion with their son powerfully illustrates the cold brutality of war and the fragile humanity of those who fight it. Dunham leaves an indelible mark upon all who know his story, from the doctors and nurses who treat him, to the readers of the original Wall Street Journal article that told of his singular act of valor.
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Every day ordinary young Americans are fighting and dying in Iraq, with the same bravery, honor, and sense of duty that have distinguished American troops throughout history. One of these is Jason Dunham, a twenty-two-year-old Marine corporal from the one-stoplight town of Scio, New York, whose stunning story reporter Michael M. Phillips discovered while he was embedded with a Marine infantry battalion in the Iraqi desert. Corporal Dunham was on patrol near the Syrian borde, on April 14, 2004, when a black-clad Iraqi leaped out of a car and grabbed him around his neck. Fighting hand-to-hand in the dirt, Dunham saw his attacker drop a grenade and made the instantaneous decision to place his own helmet over the explosive in the hope of containing the blast and protecting his men. When the smoke cleared, Dunham's helmet was in shreds, and the corporal lay face down in his own blood. The Marines beside him were seriously wounded. Dunham was subsequently nominated for the Congressional Medal of Honor, the nation's highest award for military valor. Phillips's minute-by-minute chronicle of the chaotic fighting that raged throughout the area and culminated in Dunham's injury provides a grunt's-eye view of war as it's being fought today-fear, confusion, bravery, and suffering set against a brotherhood forged in combat. His account of Dunham's eight-day journey home and of his parents' heartrending reunion with their son powerfully illustrates the cold brutality of war and the fragile humanity of those who fight it. Dunham leaves an indelible mark upon all who know his story, from the doctors and nurses who treat him, to the readers of the original Wall Street Journal article that told of his singular act of valor.

Language:

English

Narrators:

John Bedford Lloyd

Length:

4h 1m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

03:41


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:21


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:02


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:53


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:53


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

02:55


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:21


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:03


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:42


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:11


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:37


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:45


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:29


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:02


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:18


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:37


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:16


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:08


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:13


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:19


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:35


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:07


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:27


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:06


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:20


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

02:18


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:37


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:41


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:06


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:36


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:31


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:18


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:06


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:57


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:13


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:04


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:13


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:04


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:48


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:50


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:47


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:15


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

02:30


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:22


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:53


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:48


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:44


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:19


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:36


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:22


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:50


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:26


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

02:55