Skip to comments.Marines promoted inflated story for Medal of Honor recipient (Barf Alert)
Posted on 12/15/2011 7:17:14 AM PST by World'sGoneInsane
With Dakota Meyer standing at attention in his dress uniform, sweat glistening on his forehead under the television lights, President Barack Obama extolled the former Marine corporal for the extraordinary actions that had earned him the Medal of Honor, the nations highest award for valor. SNIP
But an exhaustive assessment by a McClatchy correspondent who was embedded with the unit and survived the ambush found that the Marines official accounts of Meyers deeds....
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Read no further than that. I'll take the Marines version over some leftist reporter's version.
In his own mind, I am sure the correspondent thinks he is a hero for just being there.
However,Meyer was presented the medal by the bravest man the Post’s editors ever met!
“former Marine Corporal”...I’ll repeat...once a Marine always a Marine...
Boy this shows just how sick the Perry haters are.
BAE spreading a little money to smear a MOH awardee and the media gets to smear a Perry supporter. A two fer.
One line from the story confirms that these people are clinically insane:
“...the revelations could tarnish one of the signature moments of his time as commander in chief.”
Apparently, this medal is all about Obama.
Embeds - Can’t live with ‘em, Can’t live with ‘em.
I knew this was coming and got a heads up call last night. Much more coming and the truth will come out.
There are inconsistencies between the citation as read by Obama and the facts as sworn to by the participants. I don't rule the reporter for being out of hand. He says Williams deserved the MOH but there are factual inconsistencies. And the WH played a role in the write-up.
Yes, I believe the truth will show an orchestrated smear.
None of this came out until he publicly threw his support behind Perry. The left is dirt.
Correction Meyer not Williams
Every story of every battle has as many versions as there are participants. Until the author or reporter goes back and verifies the unverified facts, I say STFU.
He deserves the medal for what was verified, and he was given the medal in honor of ALL those who do any act of honor, including taking up arms. When was the last time a reporter earned a medal for saving anyone or retrieving the fallen? It’s not like receiving the Nobel Peace Prize of inaction.
To put this in perspective, there were only 464 MOHs awarded for action in WWII. In total, about 14,000 men served in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. They ultimately earned 9,486 Purple Hearts and an unprecedented eight Presidential Unit Citations. 21 received the MOH, but only one contemperaneously. Clinton awarded the other 20. So 21 out of the 464 MOHs awarded in WWII went to one regiment of 14,000 compared to 443 to the remaining 16 million Americans who served under arms. This is not to detract from the valor and performance of these men, but there is no doubt that political correctness and guilt played a part.
I am sure there is pressure on the services to nominate people to represent their service and to have a public ceremony honoring them to represent all who have served. As a Vietnam vet I have seen such medal inflation. And I am sure everyone is familiar with LBJ's famous Silver Star medal achieved while flying as a passenger on the periphery of a combat zone.
I don't question Dakota Meyer's bravery or that he deserves the MOH. It is unfortunate that someone or some people decided to embelish his feats or to alter the facts. It tarnishes something needlessly. I would put it past the WH, which views everything thru the prisim of politics.
As far as I have seen, most reporters come out of there with deep respect for our troops and the job they do.
And then there are others that will use their experience for profit and self-promotion.
I have been working with Mrs Price, mother of Aaron Kenefik, one of the Marines Meyer brought back. We have been able to get 3 articles written in the Buffalo News the latest says Answer the questions...
Whats most striking is that all this probably was unnecessary. Meyer, the 296th Marine to earn the medal, by all accounts deserved his nomination. At least seven witnesses attested to him performing heroic deeds in the face of almost certain death.