A US Marine Who Upheld the Highest Traditions of the Marine Corps – Part 4

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In recognition of his military actions in Afghanistan on behalf of his fellow servicemen and his country that resulted in his receiving the Medal of Honor, retired US Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer was presented with a custom knife made by Gene Baskett.

In a later interview with Blade Magazine, Sergeant Meyer spoke of having a beer with President Obama:

He indicated he was honored President Obama accepted his invitation to have a beer the afternoon before the Medal of Honor ceremony. (As a side note, Meyer said the White House brews its own beer, a honey ale, which he said both he and the president enjoyed.) He added he appreciated the opportunity to speak with and ask advice from the president. The president emphasized the importance of education, a priority Meyer shares. In fact, Meyer said he hopes to continue his education when his travel schedule slows down.

Toward the end of his interview in Blade Magazine, Meyer said, the day we won the Medal of Honor was “the worst day of my life.” While he saved the lives of fellow soldiers caught in an ambush by repeatedly charging into enemy fire, four of his closest friends in his unit were killed that day. He wears a bracelet bearing their names. I think it would be appropriate for me to list these names here:

USMC 1st Lt. Michael Johnson, 25, Virginia Beach, Virginia

USMC Staff Sgt. Aaron Kenefick, 30, Roswell, Georgia

US Navy Hospital Corpsman Third Class James R. Layton, 22, Riverbank, California

USMC Gunnery Sergeant Edwin Wayne Johnson Jr., 31, Columbus, Georgia

Requiescat in pace

[Source and Image: Blade Magazine.]

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Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website: http://charlesmccain.com/

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