Navy Cross for Long Island Hero

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Our friend Alice of the Patriot Guard Riders sends this report:

On April 22, 2008, LCPL Jordan C. Haerter and CPL Jonathan T. Yale sacrificed their lives to save the lives of many others.. When a vehicle laden with 200 pounds of explosives bore down on their check point, Haerter and Yale assessed the situation. They opened fire on the vehicle and driver. They did so knowing that they would surely die. They also knew that this was the only way to save fifty others inside the compound. The driver detonated the explosives well short of his goal.

On Friday, February 20th, Forty-four proud Long Islanders boarded a bus, provided courtesy of the Suffolk County Police, to attend the Navy Cross ceremony in Triangle, Virginia. Jordan’s mom, JoAnn Lyles provided a goody bag containing snacks and a thank you note. Upon arrival, the N.Y. Patriot Guard Riders met up with their Virginia brethren. A flag line was set up outside of the National Museum of the Marine Corps where the ceremony was to take place. As military past and present made their way to the entrance, they saluted the flags.

Inside the attendees anticipated the event. The National Anthem began playing and the Marines snapped to attention. Secretary of the Navy, Donald C. Winter, presented the Navy Cross to both families of the fallen citing their selflessness and bravery. Haerter and Yale were the 26th and 27th Marines to be awarded the Navy Cross since the beginning of the War on Terrorism.

Ms. Lyles sent this message to those that made the trip to honor these brave men.

I am overwhelmed with pride! Thank you for honoring Jordan and Jonathan. Thank you for believing it was important to witness the ceremony and take in the strength of the United States Marine Corps tradition. I think we all have gained in this endeavor. I thank you for the stories shared, the tears and laughter and the utmost honor of your presence. I will forever remember this day, it is etched on my heart. I thank all of you.

Forever Proud mom of LCpl Jordan C. Haerter
JoAnn Lyles”

Photos of the event are here.

For our previous report on the naming of a bridge in honor of LCpl Haerter click here.

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