A petition posted on the White House website asking President Obama to award two fallen Marines with the Medal of Honor has expired due to its failure to reach the required 100,000 signatures in 30 days.
Lance Cpl. Jordan Haerter, from Sag Harbor, N.Y., posthumously received the Navy Cross medal at a ceremony February 20, 2009 at the National Museum of the Marine Corps near Quantico, Va.
On April 22, 2008, two Marine riflemen, Cpl. Jonathan Yale and LCpl. Jordan Haerter, were manning a security checkpoint in Ramadi, Iraq when a suicide bomber driving a tanker truck filled with explosives began to speed toward the gate they were guarding. As the Iraqi policemen who were on guard duty with them fled, the two Marines ran into the truck's path and opened fire, prompting the driver to slow down and detonate the approximately 2,000 lbs of explosives in the truck. The two Marines were killed in the explosion but by preventing the driver from reaching the gate, they saved the lives of more than 50 people.
Cpl. Jonathan T. Yale, from Burkeville, Va., posthumously received the Navy Cross medal at a ceremony February 20, 2009 at the National Museum of the Marine Corps near Quantico, Va.
The explosion was caught on a security camera and in 2009, then-Commandant of the Marine Corps James Conway paid tribute to the two Marines in that year's birthday message, saying the two men were ideal examples of Marines "carrying on a legacy of valor." Conway also said that if older veterans questioned the capabilities of younger generations of Marines, they could look at the courage, selflessness and devotion to duty shown by the two that day.
Despite failing to reach the required number of signatures, there is still hope that a similar petition could pass in the future, as the White House's website allows anyone who would like to create a petition to do so. Additionally, had the petition been successful, it would not have authorized the award
for the men; it would have initiated a process
whereby the President could decide to ask for a
review for the award.