A Marine who braved enemy fire alone to retrieve the bodies of his fallen comrades will be awarded the Medal of Honor, Marine Corps Times reports.
Dakota Meyer, who now lives in Austin, Texas, will be the first living Marine to receive the nation's highest military honor since the Vietnam War. Two living Army soldiers, Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry and Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, have received the medal in the past year.
Meyer will be recognized for his actions on September 8, 2009, in Ganjgal, a remote Afghan village near the border with Pakistan. As his unit of 13 U.S. service members came under attack by a force of 50 heavily-armed insurgents, Meyer, a corporal at the time, repeatedly ran through enemy fire to recover the bodies of fellow American troops.
Killed in Ganjgal were Marine 1st Lt. Michael Johnson, Gunnery Sgts. Edwin Johnson and Aaron Kenefick and Navy Hospitalman 3rd Class James Layton, according to the Marine Corps Times. An Army soldier, Sgt. 1st Class Kenneth Westbrook, later died of wounds sustained during the battle.
"Whatever award comes out of it, it's for those guys (who were killed) not for me," Meyer said in an interview with Military Times.
"I feel the furthest thing from a hero," he said. "The way I view it is I let those guys down."
President Barack Obama contacted Meyer with news of the award on Monday, according to the Marine Corps Times report. A defense official with knowledge of the award process told CNN last November that former U.S. Marine Commandant Gen. James Conway made the recommendation that Meyer received the medal just before he retired last year.
Meyer is no longer on active duty. He said he left the Corps after his four-year enlistment was completed.
As a Marine, I would love the opportunity to shake this Marines hand.
On a side note:
There should be challenge coins for all the MoH recipients. I would gladly buy him and any other service member a beer.
Semper Fi Marine.
And i am proud to serve alongside this group of men.....So that WE give you the right to say whatever you want to about us. Your Welcome
Another idiotic comment from a jerk called doc here and I thought doctors were supposed to be intelligent! What happened????
@Pam, for you to make such an ignorant comment about the people who serve this country and provide us with our freedom, proves to the rest of us that people like you don't deserve to live amongst the men and women who fight for the United States. If you have a problem with that, then Get Out we certainly don't need someone with that kind of ignorance.
Just when are you ignorant fools going to realize that this stupid war has nothing at all to do with any of our rights or freedoms nor with the security of this nation? It's all about Afghanistan's mineral resorces and the chance for the right-wing politicians to promote their political careers!!! Please!
You are a moron
Then do something about it.
Sorry, I did not mean to affend anybody. What you guys do in the field is none of my business
@Pam, just shut up and go away.
Pam, don't let any of these ignoramuses like this Mikey above get to you! These ignorant fools are the ones who need to go away. The gist of what I'm saying here is that ignorance will surely bring this country to it's knees!!
I suggest you read "A Long Road Home"
You may find it educational. Then again I must consider the source. Either way, I support my husband in his CHOICE to defend our Country and give ungrateful people their chance to mutter their opinions, no matter how hurtful and ungrateful they may seem.
Sgt Meyer, I thank you for what you did out there for your brothers on the battlefield.
SSgt of Marines
1997 – Presently Serving
I'm with you. YABBA-DABBA-DOO!!!
Good grief, I think that this Dakota Meyer is going to become more popular than Jesus Christ by reading most of the posts by these idiots here. We Americans are no better than anybody else if the truth be known. We need to stop inflating out egoes!!!!!!
You deserve every part of that award and you make all us Marines extremely PROUD.
Like Greg already said, enough with all this right-wing bla-bla-bla here. It makes the rest of us Americans look dumb and that irritates me to no end!!!!! Let's just end this stupid war instead like we need to!
@RUFFNUTT, you zip it too; then go away.
This marine served with honor clearly and without question.
He had honor in raising his right hand, to serve this country and provide for this country's safety and YOUR freedom of speech, against all enemies FOREIGN and domestic.
He had honor in choosing to fight alongside his brothers in battle, and in choosing to put himself in harmâ€™s way above the call of duty, in the presence of a fighting force vastly superior in number; in order to rescue and care for his team. There is no greater human sacrifice than a man who is willing to lay his life down for his fellow man.
Semper Fi Devil!!!