in jordan's honor



Navy Cross

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Navy Cross (Posthumously) to Lance Corporal Jordan C. Haerter, United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving as a Rifleman, 3d Platoon, Weapons Company, First Battalion, Ninth Marines, Regimental Combat Team 1, I Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM on 22 April 2008. 


Jordan C. Haerter

Date of birth: July 30, 1988

Date of death: April 22, 2008
Burial location: Sag Harbor, NY
Place of Birth: New York, Southampton
Home of record: Sag Harbor New York
Status: KIA

Jordan Haerter grew up in the small village of Sag Harbor, New York. Killed in Action in Iraq during the firefight that earned him the Navy Cross, he was Sag Harbor's first battlefield loss since World War II. The fellow Marine referenced in his citation was Corporal Jonathan Yale, who was also Killed in Action and who was also posthumously awarded the Navy Cross in the same ceremony. The North Haven-Sag Harbor Bridge was renamed in honor of Jordan Haerter.

LCpl Jordan Haerter


Please take a moment to sign this petition to honor the sacrifice for our nation of my son, LCpl Jordan Haerter and Cpl. Jonathan T. Yale who were killed guarding their outpost in Ramadi, Iraq on 22 April 2008,  stopping a suicide bomber saving 50 Marines and numerous Iraqi police and civilians. Their action of valor can be viewed in a CBS News video




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Learn About Jordan

On April 22, 2008, United States Marine Corps Lance Corporal Jordan Christian Haerter was killed in action in Ramadi, Iraq. At 19 years of age, Jordan was deployed to a Joint Security Station Nasser, in the Sophia district of Ramadi, which at one point was the center of insurgency in that city. The 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines were in the process of turning over this Joint Security Station to the 1st Battalion, 9th Marines. Jordan, a member of the fiercely proud and storied 1st Battalion, 9th Marines also known as 'The Walking Dead', and fellow marine, Corporal Jonathan T. Yale, a rifleman with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, were standing guard at an Entry Control Point. At 0745, a large truck accelerated towards the Entry Control Point, careening off the protective serpentine, ignoring all signals and flares warning the driver to stop. When the truck failed to stop, Jordan and Cpl. Yale opened fire until the 2,000lb blast claimed their lives.

Military Awards



LCpl Jordan Haerter United States Marine

Honor * Courage * Commitment

~Scholarship Award~

$1000.00 Awarded to seniors graduating from Sag Harbor’s Pierson High school choosing to serve their country in the Military or Law Enforcement.


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