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Today: Dakota Meyer Receives Medal of Honor

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

As we mentioned in July, Dakota Meyer will be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor today by President Obama. Meyer, a former Marine Corps corporal, is being recognized for his actions on September 8, 2009, in Ganjgal, Afghanistan, when he charged into gunfire to find and rescue Marines caught in a firefight. According to the Stars and Stripes, “Marine officials credit Meyer and his teammates with saving the lives of 13 Marines and 23 Afghan soldiers. Two other Marines — Capt. Ademola Fabayo and Rodriguez-Chavez — each received a Navy Cross for their heroism. Meyer alone killed at least eight enemy fighters, and his bravery in engaging and distracting the attackers undoubtedly prevented a larger tragedy.”

CNN has a good interview with Meyer, below.

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