Camp Lejeune dedicates building to fallen Marines

JACKSONVILLE, ONSLOW COUNTY - A father from New York traveled to Camp Lejeune to see a building dedicated to his son who was killed in Iraq by a suicide bomber.

In 2008 Christian Haerter lost his 19 year old son, LCpl Jordan Haerter, a rifleman with 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment. Haerter and Cpl Jonathan Yale a rifleman with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines were killed in Ramadi when a suicide bomber detonated a truck filled with explosives.

Haerter and Yale were standing on post together when a large tanker truck turned down the alley toward the Marines showing no sign of stopping.

A dedication pamphlet says that a surveillance video showed two Iraqi Police standing guard with the Marines. The Police men ran as the truck came toward Haerter and Yale.

Both of them opened fire on the windshield of the truck and its driver, until the suicide bomber detonated 2,000 pounds of explosives.

Today's dedication ceremony was intended to remind past and future Marines about their ultimate sacrifice, starting with the Wallace Creek Dining Facility.

"If there's a way that can be done as simply by putting Jordan and Jonathan's name on a building then every Marine who walks through these is gonna at some point wonder who these two guys were and might even take the time to look them up and see exactly what they did," said Haerter.

Haerter says this was the second time he visited Camp Lejeune in honor of his son. The first time he was here was to reach out to Marines about a non-profit organization he started called Jordan's Initiative.

Jordan's initiative was created to provide direct support and aide to members of our armed services and their families in times of need. For more information visit

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