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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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.