Skip to comments.Former Marine to receive Medal of Honor for controversial 2009 battle
Posted on 07/20/2011 1:21:17 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse
WASHINGTON A Marine who braved intense enemy gunfire in Afghanistan to recover the bodies of four fallen comrades will receive the Medal of Honor for his heroism, defense officials said Wednesday.
Dakota Meyer, who left the service last year, will be the third living recipient of the award for actions in Afghanistan and the tenth man recognized for exceptional bravery in the current wars. Hell also be the first living Marine to receive the honor since the Vietnam War.
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I wish him a long, happy and productive life. I hope he sees all his dreams come true. Semper Fi.
If we had more 22 year olds like this we wouldn’t be in the sorry shape we’re in. Awesome guy.
listen to the audio in this report
“Hell also be the first living Marine to receive the honor since the Vietnam War.”
About time they gave it to a Marine who was still around to savor it.
Well done, Marine!
I heard he is thinking about re-enlisting
He should wait until we have a new C&C
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Was he never recommended for the MoH...did it go in that way and was later bumped down to the Navy Cross, with his 2 buddies.
During the Iraqi war years, I often read the citations posted on FR, for my Marines who were recommended for the Navy Cross. Reading them, I often could NOT see why they weren't for the MoH, other than that they were still alive. <
There had been lots of talk that for whatever reason, over the last decade, the Pentagon seemed to prefer than ALL MoH s be posthumous..glad to see it's changed..
Semper Fi, Marine.
I did a tour in Baghdad (Mar 07 - Mar 08)in the IZ, as someone who at the time was closely approaching 50. I wondered how the younger members were. I was nothing but impressed, they did amazing things routinely. We are in good hands as long as these people are representitive of the youth of today.
Semper Fi my fellow Marine! God bless you and those with whom you served!
“There had been lots of talk that for whatever reason, over the last decade, the Pentagon seemed to prefer than ALL MoH s be posthumous..glad to see it’s changed..”
Too bad they weren’t so concerned when Bob Kerrey, Nebraska got his for leading his company the wrong way and getting his leg blown off with a land mine. That MoH ‘qualified’ him to be Nebraska’s Gov, then later Senator.
Thank you for that bit of info. I taught high school for awhile, it didn’t give me the warm fuzzies. I mean a lot of the kids were nice, but it also was a little scary when I thought about them running things (of course, they were a bit younger than this young man). I wish more of our youth did something that grew them up. Life is not all about ipods and video games and fast food and stuff. I don’t want a draft or forced service like the Peace Corp, but I do wish parents would make their kids do something out of high school for a year that sent them off to see the world.
2 of my sons did a foreign semester, in which they had to speak a language other than English. My youngest went and lived and worked in Costa Rica for about 6 or 8 months after college. And he was completely immersed in the culture. Of course he was glad to come back to the US and so appreciated what we have here. It was awesome for him.
I was a military brat and we lived overseas and part of the time we lived off base. Of course it was not primitive, exactly, but it was a good experience. (Japan off base in the early 1960s, we couldn’t even drink the water from the faucet).
Anyway, I’m rambling. But I’m glad to hear it, and I hope those fellas and young ladies step up and run for office and maybe things aren’t as dire as they seem. God bless you! (btw I’m the daughter of an Air Force vet, retired and still alive and daughter in law of a Marine pilot—deceased since 2006). I respect everyone who serves. Thank you for your service.
What’s a former Marine?
Your kind words are appreciated.
Too bad the lad didn’t receive it while he was still in uniform. He should have the opportunity to enjoy generals saluting HIM. I saw a few of the BIG medals when I was in the Marines..mid 60’s..they were from WW II and Korea..and it was amazing to watch the reaction whenever one walked into a room...
That would be a Marine like Murtha.
Well done, Marine! You’re an inspiration.
We have plenty...A lot of them are volunteering to join the armed services...
My nephew jut completed SOI, and will be deploying to Stan in March...
His sister just joined the Navy, and will eventually have to be saluted by her brother!!! hehehehe, Thanksgiving is going to be such fun in the future...
All I wish was that I was 25 years younger, knowing what I know now...I’d do it all over again without any reservations...
Twenty-two years old! It just amazes me how much courage in such a young person. Good for him!
Or, Dan Rather... Oh, wait a minute. Dan was never a marine. He “washed-out” in basic training, yet he went around for 40+ years claiming to have served in the Corp.
Ain’t that just like a liberal? What a maroon.
Anyways, Congrats and much thanks to Dakota Meyer for his service.
Got to keep it rare. Don’t want MoH inflation so they end up having to create something higher than it. Navy Cross is awesome, just awesome. Thank God for those who serve.
I feel the furthest thing from a hero," Meyer said in an interview with the Marine Corps Times. "I went in there to do a job and the way I viewed it is that I let those guys down."
"[T]he award would be for them and for the corps ... and for marines that didn't get recognized because there wasn't enough witnesses," Meyer added. That's what it would be for."
That is wonderful. And it will be fun. :)
It wasn’t given to him, he earned it.
Jack Murtha was a former Marine.
“It wasnt given to him, he earned it.”
“It wasnt given to him, he earned it.”
"The Few, The Shamed, The Scumbags: former Marines like Jack Murtha"
Even James Carville never made that status...
I was at MCRDSD a few weeks ago. The Marines still make men (and women) out of kids. It is amazing.
The medal is a very humbling award to be earned...
Both C.O.’s I served with when I was in the Fleet both ended their careers as Flag officers, one a 2 star, and the other a 3 star, who just a few years back ended his serviceas the superintendent of the Naval Academy...I’d go to war with either of those two guys in a heartbeat...Good things happen to good people who deserve that kind of respect...And they know they would not be where they are without the support and loyalty of folks like us who helped them get there...
It flows both ways to be brutally honest...
I never earned a major accomadation during my service, but I ran into Admiral Rempt years later at a political function, and I have to say after about 5 seconds he remembered who I was and it was on after that...We had one of the best remenising discussions I ever had with someone I served with...He was the keynote speaker at the event and he (basically ordered me, hehehe) to stand and be recognized as someone he truely respected and had served with years earlier...
So if a Flag officer is capable of doing that with someone they basically served with, I am absolutely sure they would be render honors and recognize a live hero like this Marine is, and will always be remembered as...
Flag officers don’t like saluting enlisted men first.
Bull. Every General that I ever saw went out of their way to salute MoH winners. They revere them and I have been honored to meet many of them. I never once saw the slightest hesitation from any officer in saluting the retired gentlemen who wore that medal. I know this firsthand and I am not sure why you think that?
They can live with it, and like it, or live with it and *not* like it. But, if they absolutely, positively cannot live with it, I'm sure they've been in the service long enough to know where the door marked "EXIT" is...
I don't believe that. I haven't known a lot of flag officers, but all the ones I've known would consider it a high honor to offer a salute to a MoH recipient, in or out of uniform. It's not the sort of thing that happens every day.
Jack Murtha was a disgrace to the USMC, accusing them of war crimes!
Was during as Cpl Dakota stated a change in ROE's and the battle was harsh with lots of casualties, well he summarized well in the audio klink above. Semper Fi Marine, complete class, and just saddened it was such a FUBAR mission from the start.
Maybe if Obama gave more soldiers as he's hesistant in manpwer yet gives away money like it grows on trees. What an honor, a living person EARNING the MoH, God Bless him and so many blessings to all.
Concerning Corporal Dakota Meyer, I was just talking with one of my coworkers who is an amateur golfer (can't compete professionally because of a fused ankle, but he's extremely good) and he told me that the country club in Campbellsville, just a few miles from his hometown, has given Corporal Meyer, who is apparently a golfer, a lifetime membership and several companies have gifted him with a ton of gear. Sports Illustrated is going to have an article about Meyer and his love of golf in an upcoming issue and he will most likely be the master of ceremonies at the next major tournament at the Valhalla Golf Course in Louisville.
From what I've read and heard of Corporal Meyer, I'm not sure if he wants or would appreciate all of this attention. Like so many other Medal of Honor recipients, he doesn't believe that he deserves the Medal. I just hope and pray that some peace and solitude out on the back nine with family or friends can help him come to terms with the loss of his four comrades in arms.
Kudos to the Valhalla Golf Club...I'd like to see the Masters invite him to play next year..
I'm also opposed to the trend in recent years of upgrading awards to the Medal for actions duirn WW II, Korea, and VietNam. I don't like this selective review, long after the fact.
I agree with you for the most part about the retroactive Medals. About the only exceptions I approve of are Teddy Roosevelt’s (denied by Congress because they didn’t like him), helicopter pilots Bruce Crandall and Ed Freeman were overlooked because of their unit structure (they were nominated but the nominations couldn’t move up the chain of command), and there was one more (I want to say from Vietnam, but it might have been Korea) where the paperwork was actually misfiled but located just a few years ago during the transfer of all Army personnel files to their new home at Fort Knox.
That would presumably be Wilburn Kirby Ross.
Here's his citation:
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty near St. Jacques, France. At 11:30 a.m. on 30 October 1944, after his company had lost 55 out of 88 men in an attack on an entrenched, full-strength German company of elite mountain troops, Pvt. Ross placed his light machinegun 10 yards in advance of the foremost supporting riflemen in order to absorb the initial impact of an enemy counterattack. With machinegun and small-arms fire striking the earth near him, he fired with deadly effect on the assaulting force and repelled it. Despite the hail of automatic fire and the explosion of rifle grenades within a stone's throw of his position, he continued to man his machinegun alone, holding off 6 more German attacks. When the eighth assault was launched, most of his supporting riflemen were out of ammunition. They took positions in echelon behind Pvt. Ross and crawled up, during the attack, to extract a few rounds of ammunition from his machinegun ammunition belt. Pvt. Ross fought on virtually without assistance and, despite the fact that enemy grenadiers crawled to within 4 yards of his position in an effort to kill him with handgrenades, he again directed accurate and deadly fire on the hostile force and hurled it back. After expending his last rounds, Pvt. Ross was advised to withdraw to the company command post, together with 8 surviving riflemen, but, as more ammunition was expected, he declined to do so. The Germans launched their last all-out attack, converging their fire on Pvt. Ross in a desperate attempt to destroy the machinegun which stood between them and a decisive breakthrough. As his supporting riflemen fixed bayonets for a last-ditch stand, fresh ammunition arrived and was brought to Pvt. Ross just as the advance assault elements were about to swarm over his position. He opened murderous fire on the oncoming enemy; killed 40 and wounded 10 of the attacking force; broke the assault single-handedly, and forced the Germans to withdraw. Having killed or wounded at least 58 Germans in more than 5 hours of continuous combat and saved the remnants of his company from destruction, Pvt. Ross remained at his post that night and the following day for a total of 36 hours. His actions throughout this engagement were an inspiration to his comrades and maintained the high traditions of the military service.
Sergeant Ross is one of the few Medal of Honor recipients still alive from WW2. He retired at Fort Lewis and still resides out in the Tacoma area. Back in 2004, when they reactivated the 2nd of the 14th as part of a Stryker Brigade, they had a reunion at Fort Knox and I had the opportunity to meet him. WOW!!!