Sgt. Dakota L. Meyer becomes first living Marine to receive Medal of Honor in 38 years

posted at 4:45 pm on September 15, 2011 by Tina Korbe

After a beer with the president in the Rose Garden yesterday (his one special request!), Sgt. Dakota L. Meyer today became the first living Marine to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor in 38 years.

Meyer received the Medal “for conspicuous gallantry and intrepedity at the risk of his life, above and beyond the call of duty while serving with Marine Embedded Training Team 28, Regional Corps Advisory Command 37 in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, on 8 September, 2009,” according to the citation read at today’s award ceremony.

The citation tells the full story:

Cpl. Meyer maintained security at a patrol rally point while other members of his team moved on foot with two platoons of Afghan National Army and border police into the village of Ganjgal for a pre-dawn meeting with village elders. Moving into the village, the patrol was ambushed by more than 50 enemy fighters firing rocket-propelled grenades, mortars, machine guns, from fortified positions on the slopes above. Hearing over the radio that four U.S. team members were cut off, Cpl. Meyer seized the initiative. With a fellow marine driving, Cpl. Meyer took the exposed gunner’s position in a gun truck as they drove down the steeply terraced terrain in a daring attempt to disrupt the enemy attack and locate the trapped U.S. team. Disregarding intense enemy fire now concentrated on their lone vehicle, Cpl. Meyer killed a number of enemy fighters with the mounted machine guns and his rifle, some at near pointblank range, as he and his driver made three solo trips into the ambush area. During the first two trips, he and his driver evacuated two dozen Afghan soldiers, many of whom were wounded. When one machine gun became inoperable, he directed the return to the rally point to switch to another gun truck for a third trip into the ambush area where his accurate fire directly supported the remaining U.S. personnel and Afghan soldiers fighting their way out of the ambush. Despite a shrapnel wound to his arm, Cpl. Meyer made two more trips into the ambush area in a third gun truck accompanied by four other Afghan vehicles to recover more wounded Afghan soldiers and search for the missing U.S. team members. Still under heavy enemy fire, he dismounted the vehicle on the fifth trip and moved on foot to locate and recover the bodies of his team members. Cpl. Meyer’s daring initiative and bold fighting spirit throughout the six-hour battle significantly disrupted the enemy’s attack and inspired the members of the command force to fight on. His unwavering courage and steadfast devotion to his U.S. and Afghan comrades in the face of almost certain death reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

President Barack Obama further attested to Meyer’s hardworking, humble and courageous spirit with a telling anecdote. When White House staffers talked to Meyer to arrange a time to talk to the president by phone so Obama could notify him that he had been approved for the Medal, Meyer asked that the president’s call not come during work hours.

“If I don’t work, I don’t get paid,” explained Meyer, who has a civilian job as a construction worker. So, the president arranged to call Meyer over his lunch hour.

Fox News’ Mike Tobin says this is a young man — Meyer is just 23 — who is unintimidated and unimpressed by pomp and circumstance.

“He understands the magnitude of receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor, but he doesn’t want all the attention,” Tobin said, adding that Meyer wants the focus to remain on the men who didn’t make it out of the village alive that day.

“I’m definitely not a hero — that’s the furthest from the truth,” Meyer has said, even calling his attempt to rescue his four trapped teammates “a failure” because he didn’t make it to them while they were still alive.

The president today sought to reassure Meyer of the appreciation of a grateful nation.

“Today we pay tribute to a man who placed himself in the thick of the fight again and again and again,” Obama said. “In so doing, he has earned our nation’s highest military decoration — the Medal of Honor. … Dakota, I know you’ve grappled with the grief of that day [and have called your efforts a failure.] But as your Commander in Chief, I want you to know it’s the opposite. … Because of your honor, 36 people are alive today. Because of your courage, four fallen Americans came home [and their families] were able to lay their bodies to rest.”

Meyer accepted the Medal in the name of his four fallen teammates – Marine 1st Lt. Michael Johnson,  Marine Staff Sgt. Aaron Kenefick,  Marine Gunnery Sgt. Edwin Johnson and Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class James Layton.

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God bless him. His nobility shines through.

itsspideyman on September 15, 2011 at 4:48 PM

The takeaway from this?

We need more machine gun trucks!

fossten on September 15, 2011 at 4:49 PM

A young man to be proud of. Kudos, Sir.

Mason on September 15, 2011 at 4:50 PM

Salute, my young friend and Semper Fi from a GI.

hawkdriver on September 15, 2011 at 4:50 PM

God bless you, Sir … SALUTE!

My 4 y/o daughter now has this man’s name committed to memory … and she has no idea who Justin Beiber is.

Tony737 on September 15, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Thank God we have hero’s like Sgt. Dakota L. Meyer and the thousands of men in women in uniform.

Godspeed young man.

Odie1941 on September 15, 2011 at 4:54 PM

You are indeed a hero Dakota. Along with those you serve. Every single person who has served.

You’re all heroes to me!!!

God Bless our military.

capejasmine on September 15, 2011 at 4:54 PM

*goosebumps*

Semper Fi, brother!

VibrioCocci on September 15, 2011 at 4:54 PM

Hard to believe he ever left Kentucky. He’s so young! Thank you for your service and sacrifice, Sgt. Meyer.

Tony737: your daughter inspires us all. She’s learning the right things.

KillerKane on September 15, 2011 at 4:55 PM

This man represents the best in us. Selfless and heroic and feels unworthy of the award and recognition. What a man. I just wish that we had a President worthy enough to place the medal around this hero’s neck. Dakota, I salute you!

search4truth on September 15, 2011 at 4:55 PM

Thank GOD we still make brave young men like this in enough quantity to defend this great nation.

We certainly don’t deserve them.

HondaV65 on September 15, 2011 at 4:56 PM


Still under heavy enemy fire, he dismounted the vehicle on the fifth trip and moved on foot to locate and recover the bodies of his team members.

On his 5th trip!

And who the hell was telling “No” when he asked 4 times to go in and help???

Tony737 on September 15, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Wow. O_O

Bishop on September 15, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Oooohhhh raaahhhh!!

Mashman on September 15, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Fox News’ Mike Tobin says this is a young man — Meyer is just 23 — who is unintimidated and unimpressed by pomp and circumstance.

Pomp and circumstance don’t deserve to spit on his boots.

Schadenfreude on September 15, 2011 at 4:57 PM

And here is the other part of the story.

BL@KBIRD on September 15, 2011 at 4:58 PM

What about the driver of that guntruck, he should get a medal too considering what he must have accomplished to stay focused while his truck is being chewed to pieces.

Bishop on September 15, 2011 at 4:58 PM

“I’m definitely not a hero — that’s the furthest from the truth,” Meyer has said, even calling his attempt to rescue his four trapped teammates “a failure” because he didn’t make it to them while they were still alive.

“That’s what makes you that guy.” – John McClane

JAM on September 15, 2011 at 4:58 PM

The takeaway from this?

We need more machine gun trucks!

fossten

That has got to be one of the dumbest comments I have seen here at HA for awhile.

Gothguy on September 15, 2011 at 4:59 PM

Tony737: your daughter inspires us all. She’s learning the right things. – KillerKane

Thanks Kane, it is up to us as parents to make sure the next generation remembers the name of today’s heroes. Dakota’s name will be remembered by people like us here on HotAir, but too many Americans would rather watch “Real Housewives” and “Top Chef” or whatever else passes for entertainment these days.

Nobody can possibly remember ALL of those who performed acts of heroism in Iraq and Afghanistan, but at least we can remember the most highly decorated. There are now 10 Medal of Honor Recipients, let’s help to immortalize them.

Tony737 on September 15, 2011 at 5:06 PM

A true hero!

tinkerthinker on September 15, 2011 at 5:06 PM

And here is the other part of the story.

BL@KBIRD on September 15, 2011 at 4:58 PM

Maybe belated, but well deserved. Thanks for the post, Bl@kbird.

Thanks to those two fine Marines.

XWing5 on September 15, 2011 at 5:06 PM

Semper Fidelis. He was just a Marine doing his job.

fiatboomer on September 15, 2011 at 5:06 PM

What about the driver of that guntruck

See the “other part of that story” linked above @ 4:58

Jason Coleman on September 15, 2011 at 5:07 PM

Another wonderful tribute to a brave, brave young man. God Bless him and all of our military.

“Today we pay tribute to a man who placed himself in the thick of the fight again and again and again,” Obama said. “In so doing, he has earned our nation’s highest military decoration — the Medal of Honor. … Dakota, I know you’ve grappled with the grief of that day [and have called your efforts a failure.] But as your Commander in Chief, I want you to know it’s the opposite. … Because of your honor, 36 people are alive today. Because of your courage, four fallen Americans came home [and their families] were able to lay their bodies to rest.”

Now, since when does the O call a Sargent of our Marine Corp by his first name (disrespectful to the uniform/military) and yet refers to Himself as “your commander in chief”. Arrogant, narcissistic bastage as usual./rant off

sicoit on September 15, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Congrats……. Unfortunate that barry placed the medal…… Still well deserved…….

t on September 15, 2011 at 5:10 PM

The contrast of character is staggering.

the_nile on September 15, 2011 at 5:11 PM

Maybe belated, but well deserved. Thanks for the post, Bl@kbird.

Thanks to those two fine Marines.

XWing5 on September 15, 2011 at 5:06 PM

one soldier and one marine

warden on September 15, 2011 at 5:11 PM

Ok, here’s my 4 y/o identifying Dakota Meyer but knowing who some lame singer is …

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQMnTlM6sVE&feature=channel_video_title

Tony737 on September 15, 2011 at 5:13 PM

And here is the other part of the story.

BL@KBIRD on September 15, 2011 at 4:58 PM

Awesome men.

Reminds me of this: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0034167/

I can’t wait to see the weapons systems that get named after these guys.

pedestrian on September 15, 2011 at 5:13 PM

These ceremonies are always so bittersweet because you know the cost of the award of that medal. They make me tear up every time. My question is, why is this patriot working in construction? I’d think they could find a job for him somewhere at the Pentagon or the DOD.

TxAnn56 on September 15, 2011 at 5:14 PM

Getting a medal of honor as a Marine and an alive one at that is something of a feat.

esnap on September 15, 2011 at 5:14 PM

Thank you, Sgt. Meyer.

And here is the other part of the story.

BL@KBIRD on September 15, 2011 at 4:58 PM

I appreciate the link and update.

INC on September 15, 2011 at 5:14 PM

May God bless this awesome hero.

Lourdes on September 15, 2011 at 5:14 PM

My book says he is a HERO. Thanks Dakota.

tim c on September 15, 2011 at 5:15 PM

What about the driver of that guntruck, he should get a medal too … – Bish

Yes sir, Chavez got the Navy Cross.

Tony737 on September 15, 2011 at 5:15 PM

Hero sits for beer offered to him on White House patio while guy hired to be working there drinks a beer during employers’ hours on White House patio.

Lourdes on September 15, 2011 at 5:17 PM

“I’m not a hero.”

The hell you ain’t!!

CurtZHP on September 15, 2011 at 5:18 PM

Another wonderful tribute to a brave, brave young man. God Bless him and all of our military.

“Today we pay tribute to a man who placed himself in the thick of the fight again and again and again,” Obama said. “In so doing, he has earned our nation’s highest military decoration — the Medal of Honor. … Dakota, I know you’ve grappled with the grief of that day [and have called your efforts a failure.] But as your Commander in Chief, I want you to know it’s the opposite. … Because of your honor, 36 people are alive today. Because of your courage, four fallen Americans came home [and their families] were able to lay their bodies to rest.”

Now, since when does the O call a Sargent of our Marine Corp by his first name (disrespectful to the uniform/military) and yet refers to Himself as “your commander in chief”. Arrogant, narcissistic bastage as usual./rant off

sicoit on September 15, 2011 at 5:08 PM

DITTO.

Lourdes on September 15, 2011 at 5:19 PM

Gothguy on September 15, 2011 at 4:59 PM

Why? It’s obviously a very effective weapon.

fossten on September 15, 2011 at 5:19 PM

sicoit on September 15, 2011 at 5:08 PM

DITTO.

Lourdes on September 15, 2011 at 5:19 PM

Sorry for formatting mishap, but I think you likely understood.

Lourdes on September 15, 2011 at 5:20 PM

Lourdes on September 15, 2011 at 5:20 PM

10 4 my friend. Not a problem and I totally understood you. :)

sicoit on September 15, 2011 at 5:22 PM

Sgt Meyer’s chain of command probably feels like hammered goat ass right about now. Not only did they order him to stay out of the fight, and to leave Americans cut off and alone, but they refused to give any support when he took the initiative.

Thank God we breed men like him here.

Washington Nearsider on September 15, 2011 at 5:26 PM

C-3PO: Sir, the possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field is approximately 3,720 to 1.

Han Solo: Never tell me the odds.

Lourdes on September 15, 2011 at 5:30 PM

This is a Marine. He makes all of us proud.

Semper fi, Sergeant Meyer.

hachiban on September 15, 2011 at 5:33 PM

Inspiring self sacrifice Sgt. Dakota L. Meyer.

God has Blessed the U.S.A.

Dr Evil on September 15, 2011 at 5:33 PM

Reminiscent of Sgt. Alvin York of Tennessee, the most decorated US soldier during WWI. Conservative states have a way of breeding men of honor and courage. That’s not to say other states do not, but more come from states like Kentucky than Vermont.

honsy on September 15, 2011 at 5:37 PM

Oh, he’s a hero, all right.

Bing West wrote the must-read piece on this today at WSJ.

Don’t skip it. The citation for Meyer doesn’t make clear that he and the other men were fighting without air support, although the officers on-scene requested it repeatedly. Their requests were denied from higher HQ because of the potential for injury to civilians. Yet the men on-scene saw women and children ferrying ammo between buildings to the Taliban ambush force.

Pray God that we do right by these brave men and the people they fight for.

J.E. Dyer on September 15, 2011 at 5:38 PM

To Army Capt. Will Swenson and Marine Cpl. Dakota Meyer,…

…+7%!

Seven Percent Solution on September 15, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Conservative states have a way of breeding men of honor and courage. That’s not to say other states do not, but more come from states like Kentucky than Vermont.

honsy on September 15, 2011 at 5:37 PM

They were all conservative back then.

pedestrian on September 15, 2011 at 5:42 PM

A young man to be proud of. Kudos, Sir.

Mason on September 15, 2011 at 4:50 PM

..Corporal! I was told by my son (a Lance Corporal) that Marines are fiercely proud of their rank.

God bless and keep you, Corporal, and your noble comrades.

The War Planner on September 15, 2011 at 5:42 PM

This part of the charade must torture obama, pinning a medal on a gallant American who was besting his ilk

great job warrior

screw you bambi

Sonosam on September 15, 2011 at 5:43 PM

..er in this case, Sargent Meyer.

..apologies.

The War Planner on September 15, 2011 at 5:44 PM

To head into a heated firefight not one, not twice, but 5 times and having to change trucks because the previous one became too shot up to drive anymore, is indeed a reason to award a valor medal. It is a shame that the army brass is so petty that they wouldn’t recommend Captain Swenson the same award as both went in 5 times. Both of them were risking their lives for 6 hours to help and save their fellow soldiers. Of course, it would take a Marine General to right the wrong.

Semper Fi, Well done.

PrettyD_Vicious on September 15, 2011 at 5:44 PM

Yes a hero.

CW on September 15, 2011 at 5:52 PM

The contrast of character is staggering.

the_nile on September 15, 2011 at 5:11 PM

True. The Marine profile story has a photo of Sgt. Meyer with a man who appears to be his pastor.

Here’s a stark contrast from the WH. Someone linked to this story on another thread.

INC on September 15, 2011 at 5:52 PM

They were all conservative back then.

pedestrian on September 15, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Ah, yes. The good old days – before university professors messed with the minds of our youth.

BTW, wasn’t it fortunate that Dakota was not a Corpsman? Can you imagine the CinC mangling his title today in front of everyone?

honsy on September 15, 2011 at 5:53 PM

Yes a hero. – CW

I bet if you asked him “Is Sal Giunta a hero?” He’d say yes. This man did what Sgt. Giunta did and he did it five times. I rest my case, your Honor.

Tony737 on September 15, 2011 at 5:56 PM

To hear the story, I worry that this young man will be grappling with the grief for the men he couldn’t save for many years. Such is the way of hero’s; they think “why did I live and they die?”

I pray he finds solace in his life, that the grief does not weigh him too much, and when the day comes that God calls him home, his comrades will be there to embrace him for his loyalty and courage.

itsspideyman on September 15, 2011 at 5:56 PM

So young and so solemn.

Terrye on September 15, 2011 at 5:57 PM

This story and ceremony should be made into a video and sold to those of us who want to teach our children and grandchildren about the real heroes of this country.

texanpride on September 15, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Wow.

El_Terrible on September 15, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Thank you Sergeant! We are all grateful to you and your brethren who have/are serving. We mourn the loss of those you could not save and honor their memories.

MJBrutus on September 15, 2011 at 6:00 PM

This story and ceremony should be made into a video and sold to those of us who want to teach our children and grandchildren about the real heroes of this country. – Texan Pride

It’s easy, just tell them about the heros and don’t let them see the popculture crap that is destroying this country.

Here it is in just 20 seconds …

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQMnTlM6sVE&feature=channel_video_title

Tony737 on September 15, 2011 at 6:04 PM

Here it is again, in just 26 seconds …

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehvdKlsTqCk

Tony737 on September 15, 2011 at 6:06 PM

Hero sits for beer offered to him on White House patio while guy hired to be working there drinks a beer during employers’ hours on White House patio.

Lourdes on September 15, 2011 at 5:17 PM

A sidebar to this story-Meyer asked for a Bud Light.

The WH didn’t have any.

Del Dolemonte on September 15, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Reminiscent of Sgt. Alvin York of Tennessee, the most decorated US soldier during WWI. Conservative states have a way of breeding men of honor and courage. That’s not to say other states do not, but more come from states like Kentucky than Vermont.

honsy on September 15, 2011 at 5:37 PM

Ethan Allen could not be reached for comment.

Actually, 47 Vermonters have received the Medal of Honor-just none in the recent past. A Marine from Rutland got it in WW2 when he helped save Guadalcanal from being overrun by the Japanese.

And currently the Vermont National Guard is also in Afghanistan helping to train the Afghani Police.

Del Dolemonte on September 15, 2011 at 6:19 PM

The grandson of a Rabbi emeritus from Burlington Vermont was one of the early fatal casualties of the Iraq war – part 2. I did not mean to imply that there are no brave enlistees from other states – just that there are fewer ones than from more conservative ones.

honsy on September 15, 2011 at 6:30 PM

“I’m definitely not a hero — that’s the furthest from the truth,” Meyer has said.

You’re a hero alright. And that slacker you’re having a beer with who calls himself a professor . . . is only an instructor. Day meet night.

smellthecoffee on September 15, 2011 at 6:30 PM

What an amazing young man! God bless him and keep him safe.

milwife88 on September 15, 2011 at 6:34 PM

The grandson of a Rabbi emeritus from Burlington Vermont was one of the early fatal casualties of the Iraq war – part 2. I did not mean to imply that there are no brave enlistees from other states – just that there are fewer ones than from more conservative ones.

honsy on September 15, 2011 at 6:30 PM

No one disputes there are no honorable people in blue states. As a member of a red state, the difference might be our open reverence and respect for such women and men.

itsspideyman on September 15, 2011 at 6:35 PM

Thank you and God bless you, Sir.

Coronagold on September 15, 2011 at 6:40 PM

too many Americans would rather watch “Real Housewives” and “Top Chef” or whatever else passes for entertainment these days.

Hey…I watch these creepy, narcissistic, gluttonous pigs on “Ho Wives” too.

I need to be reminded that such morons actually exist so I can know where to draw the line.

Twana on September 15, 2011 at 6:40 PM

“If I don’t work, I don’t get paid,” explained Meyer

If Obama gets re-elected you’ll be like Peggy Joseph….and millions of others like her…..looking for Obama to pay your mortgage and fill up your gas tank…..because….

….YOU’LL BE WITHOUT A JOB.

PappyD61 on September 15, 2011 at 6:44 PM

So humble, I hope he is blessed all the days of his life.

Cindy Munford on September 15, 2011 at 6:45 PM

Comrade O will never be 1/10 of what this man is made of. And Comrade O should NEVER be allowed to defile the MoH by touching it or placing around a real Americans neck.

Comrade O has never known ( nor has his “I’ve never been proud of America ” wife ) and never will… what being a Marine or a brave soldier is. Unless it’s when he’s been a tribalist “soldier” in the service of General Jeremiah Wright. Or in the service of ACORN, SEIU or any other Che Guevera, beret wearing wanna be ”
revolutionarys”, like his pals Dohrn and Ayers.

And in that mans tribalist, racist “army” Comrade O is a general.

Twana on September 15, 2011 at 6:47 PM

A true American hero.

I am curious though, why did it take so long for a Medal of Honor to be awarded to a living soldier in the past decade?

Daemonocracy on September 15, 2011 at 6:49 PM

Great Marine!!!!

A timely reminder of what our troops are going through and the amazing things they are doing.

lexhamfox on September 15, 2011 at 7:14 PM

On his 5th trip!

And who the hell was telling “No” when he asked 4 times to go in and help???

Tony737 on September 15, 2011 at 4:57 PM

I read about the mission he was on. It was very poorly planned (by the brass, not the people on the ground) and then the brass repeatedly refused requests for backup out of fear of causing civilian casualties, since the backup that had been requesed was an airstrike and artillery. The families of the 4 fallen Marines demanded an investigation, which resulted in career-ending reprimand letters in the files of the top commanders involved in ths screwup.

Basically, the sergeant recognized that the mission had gone sideways and, ignoring the orders to stand down, went in and got the job done. He deserves the MOH and I thank Obama for awarding it to him.

Outlander on September 15, 2011 at 7:28 PM

Awesome job. Semper Fi.

SoulGlo on September 15, 2011 at 7:33 PM

Outlander on September 15, 2011 at 7:28 PM

I can’t see that Obama had anything to do with the decision. He just happened to be POTUS at the time so he was the one to give the award.

INC on September 15, 2011 at 7:33 PM

Wow. I hope some day Sgt. Kane comes to understand that he has courage few do. And that no one could have done more than he did.

ProfessorMiao on September 15, 2011 at 7:43 PM

The good news is troops will soon be reduced to ridiculously low levels, so you’ll be able to rescue an entire patrol in one trip.

Ronnie on September 15, 2011 at 7:55 PM

It took me four tries to say the word “intrepedity” correctly.

I am in awe of people like Sgt. Meyer. I hope he has a long and happy life, in honor of his fallen comrades and the people he saved.

RebeccaH on September 15, 2011 at 8:00 PM

Re: “I’m definitely not a hero — that’s the furthest from the truth,”

WRONG, MARINE! Your Chain of Command is correct…do not question them! You ARE a hero. God Bless You.

Dingbat63 on September 15, 2011 at 8:00 PM

God bless you Sir and yes you are indeed a hero. If I or my hubby was to ever see you, we would salute you is respect for your honor and service. bho never bothered to salute you as respect.
L

letget on September 15, 2011 at 8:08 PM

Marine:
You have done your duty. Never brag, and never shine a light on it. You have, by your demeanor, shown the Ass in Chief what it means to bleed and serve. This former Marine Sgt , who fought in Vietnam, salutes you and would have been proud to be in your fire team.

Semper Fi , son, Semper Fi

MNDavenotPC on September 15, 2011 at 8:18 PM

Tony737 on September 15, 2011 at 4:57 PM

Outlander on September 15, 2011 at 7:28 PM

More: Medal of Honor Recipient Highlights Marine’s Valor as Well as Risks US Troops Faced Under Controversial Rules of Engagement

slickwillie2001 on September 15, 2011 at 8:40 PM

Semper Fi, Sgt.!

TugboatPhil on September 15, 2011 at 8:40 PM

Wow. I hope some day Sgt. Kane comes to understand that he has courage few do. And that no one could have done more than he did.

ProfessorMiao on September 15, 2011 at 7:43 PM

That’s what I was thinking, this brave young man is selfless and isn’t about to bask in the glory, but a failure he is not. God bless him.

scalleywag on September 15, 2011 at 8:50 PM

What a disgrace it is that this young man, and hero, was forced to recieve recognition of his valor from the person currently holding Office.

KMC1 on September 15, 2011 at 9:11 PM

Generally I don’t care to argue with recipients of the Medal of Honor, but in this case I’ll make an exception. Marine, you ARE a hero.

Browncoatone on September 15, 2011 at 9:20 PM

Semper Fi. Incredibly well done.

Hog Wild on September 15, 2011 at 9:36 PM

::salute::

Semper fi, Marine.

I could wish that your Valor medal had been presented by someone with a clue what the word truly meant.

Freelancer on September 15, 2011 at 9:36 PM

Outlander on September 15, 2011 at 7:28 PM

The President presented the award, because he is titled Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the United States. It is granted by Congress, hence the name Congressional Medal of Honor. I would sooner have wished that it were presented by the newest member of the House, than by the President Present.

Freelancer on September 15, 2011 at 9:41 PM

We certainly don’t deserve them.

HondaV65 on September 15, 2011 at 4:56 PM

It’s not too late!
We still have it within our grasp to choose to act like the America that this brave young man risked his life to preserve. We here and now can resolve ourselves to live up to the ideals and the dream of all those who went before us, to be the America that deserves that sacrifice. To have the courage to be free and independent citizens of a truly free country.
Many years from now, when Sgt Meyer looks back over a long and fruitful life, we should all desperately pray that we will have so borne ourselves that he will proudly say; “Thank God, it was worth every minute!”

Lew on September 15, 2011 at 10:28 PM

Tina Korbe and Mike Tobin – shame on you, both of you.

It is NOT the “Congressional” Medal Of Honor. It is the MEDAL OF HONOR, period. No politics involved, only Honor. Any time someone describes it as the “Congressional” Medal Of Honor or the “CMH”, it is proof-positive that the person is militarily ignorant.

CatchAll on September 16, 2011 at 12:06 AM

This guy is downright Homeric.

Tzetzes on September 16, 2011 at 12:18 AM

CatchAll on September 16, 2011 at 12:06 AM

Let’s cut them some slack. Now they know. Not knowing about the proper terminology wasn’t affecting their ability to be respectful.

Tina, I appreciate your write-up.

J.E. Dyer on September 16, 2011 at 3:49 AM