Dakota Meyer: Receives Highest Military Honor from US President Obama, one of the Youngest Medal of Honor Recipients

By on Sep 18, 2011 in Announcement, Events, United States Comments

Dakota L. Meyer
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Cpl Dakota Meyer is one of the youngest ‘Medal of Honor’ recipients, and one of three living persons awarded by US President Obama, at the White House, last Thursday, September 15. The other two living recipients are Army Staff Sgt Salvatore Giunta and Army Sgt 1st Class Leroy Petry. The ‘Medal of Honor’ is the highest US military award. This was disclosed by US news sites, September 15 & 16.

According to the reports, Meyer was only 21, when he saved 36 men in war torn Afghanistan on September 8, 2009, and is 23 when he received the award, last Thursday, September 15.

During that fateful day when the patrol was ambushed, he had gone back several times, amidst intense fire-fight, to save Afghanistan and American comrades, and to bring home the fallen.

Los Angeles Times, September 16, featured US President Obama’s speech. This is an excerpt of his speech:

Dakota, I know that you’ve grappled with the grief of that day; that you’ve said your efforts were somehow a “failure” because your teammates didn’t come home. But as your commander in chief, and on behalf of everyone here today and all Americans, I want you to know it’s quite the opposite. You did your duty, above and beyond, and you kept the faith with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps that you love.

Because of your honor, 36 men are alive today. Because of your courage, four fallen American heroes came home, and — in the words of James Layton’s mom — they could lay their sons to rest with dignity.  Because of your commitment — in the thick of the fight, hour after hour — a former Marine who read about your story said that you showed how “in the most desperate, final hours … our brothers and God will not forsake us.”  And because of your humble example, our kids, especially back in Columbia, Ky., in small towns all across America, they’ll know that no matter who you are or where you come from, you can do great things as a citizen and as a member of the American family.”

Presently, Dakota Meyer works in a construction site in his hometown in Greensburg, Kentucky and is a sergeant in the Marine Corps Individual Ready Reserve.

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