“The 11th Order”

Every time I hear the word Ramadi…I feel a bit nostalgic. I sit back and reflect on the time spent over there in what seems like an entire lifetime ago. Sometimes I still can’t quite believe everything that happened actually happened. It is so surreal that I sit back and almost accuse myself of Stolen Valor, but then I get to looking at the pictures and there I am. So you all can imagine my joy when I heard that two Marines who made their last stand in that city will be honored in a 23-minute short film, “The 11th Order”.

Cpl. Jonathan Yale and Lance Cpl. Jordan Haerter walked the same dirt, fought the same insurgents, dealt with the same apathetic population who couldn’t care less who won, they just wanted the fighting to stop so they could get on with their lives, as I did. Ramadi…many of you know the tale. Facebook and social media have actually done us all a favor by spreading the story of these two men, these two brothers, far and wide.

For those of you in the minority and not “in the know” Cpl Yale and Lcpl. Haerter leaned in and dealt devastating, accurate rifle fire to a suicide vehicle-borne IED (SVBIED). The result/ They died, but in their sacrifice, they saved the lives of many times their meager number of two. For their actions, they were bost posthumously awarded the Navy Cross.

Now a film will be made in their honor. A short film of only 23 minutes…23 minutes….that’s 230 times more seconds than they had to decide what to do. I haven’t seen the movie, but given the director is a Marine and got permission from the mothers of both young men…I’m optimistically hopeful that it will be good. If you get the chance, please see “The 11th Order” on May 20th, 2019.

As General James Kelly stated:

“Yale and Haerter never hesitated. By all reports and by the recording, they never stepped back. They never even shifted their weight. With their feet spread shoulder-width apart, they leaned into the danger, firing as fast as they could.”

When people ask me about my Marine Corps, what makes it so special…I tell them the story of Corporal Jonathan Yale and Lance Corporal Jordan Haerter.

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4 thoughts on ““The 11th Order”

  1. God Bless every Marine- every GI-every airman who has made the ultimate sacrifice. These two men deserve to have their story told. Not just for the sake of honoring them and others that have fallen; not for the sake of telling the world how American Valor operates- but for the sake of shaking the shit and (playground) sand from the heads of those who don’t realize what sacrifice is; what brotherhood is; what giving your life for your country is; what making that sacrifice means to those that take for granted the freedoms we are so Blessed to have. RIP.

  2. Hi John, thank you for sharing both the story of these young men and for highlighting our short film. We’re honored and blessed to have had the opportunity to bring this story to a wider audience—Marines and civilians alike—and we set to honor these young men with authenticity and compassion. In the lead up process to shooting the film we made sure to speak to as many of their friends and family as possible, as many Marines from that day to get a better sense of what happened that day. Hell, John Kelly even knows about this project!

    For what it’s worth I think we really made something special, and while it is unfortunately only a short film (you’d be surprised how exorbitantly expensive these projects are) we’re hoping this leads to an eventual feature once the film hits festivals. We’re still in the post production process—currently arranging the music score, finishing visual effects, and crafting the sound design—but from the general consensus and reactions from the tight circle of people who have seen the early cuts it definitely feels that we’ve accomplished our mission. We wanted to honor these young men with a nonprofit film, and though it’s been a long journey to get here I only see greater things on the horizon as more people are exposed to this story, and then hopefully motivated to help us expand on these gentlemen and give them a proper 2 hour film. Until then, if you or anyone else would like to support the project and get a copy of the film we are accepting donations to help us reach the finish line: http://www.filmmakerscollab.org/films/the-11th-order

    We appreciate any and all support and we’re really looking forward to sharing our work with you—the more people that see this story helps to inspire a greater appreciation for Jordan Haerter and Jonathan Yale’s sacrifice and keeps their legacy alive. Semper Fi

    -Joshua, writer/director

  3. Oh friggin’ yes! Lotsa use of words like “hero” in the media, some meant well of course.
    But HERE is the definition of it, raw, unabridged, real as blood itself. And you said it like it is, Bro Grit.

  4. Thank you for this. I had the honor of meeting Cpl Yale on a previous deployment. This story hits hard for me, as I’m sure it does others. I read this story and other stories of Marines that I knew or at least have met every few months to keep their memory fresh.

    I came across your project just last week. I wish I knew about it sooner. Thanks again for doing this project, and i can’t wait to see it.