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Dakota Meyer to be awarded the Medal of Honor

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

On Monday, President Obama approved the nomination of Dakota Meyer for the Medal of Honor. Meyer, a former corporal in the Marine Corps, will be the third living recipient of the Medal since the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq began–and the first living Marine to be awarded the honor since the Vietnam War.

According to the Army Times,

On Sept. 8, 2009, [Corporal Meyer] charged into a kill zone on foot and alone near the remote, Taliban-controlled village of Ganjgal, in Kunar province, to find four fellow members of Marine Embedded Training Team 2-8, who had gone missing in a fierce firefight, according to military documents obtained by Marine Corps Times earlier this year. They were attacked in an early-morning ambush by about 150 well-fortified insurgents armed with machine guns, AK47s and rocket-propelled grenades.

The training team, out of Okinawa, Japan, was pinned down without artillery and air support for hours[…] Already wounded by shrapnel before dashing into the kill zone, Meyer was uncertain what condition his fellow Marines were in when he braved enemy fire to find them. He found his buddies shot to death and stripped of their gear and weapons, according to a statement he provided military investigators. He maintained his composure and, with the help of Afghan troops, carried them out of the kill zone.

Read more about Dakota Meyer, including an interview with him, over at the Military Times.