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US Marine Corps Sgt. Dakota Meyer, left, prepares to demonstrate an M240 machine gun for competitors during the Maximum Warrior Challenge in Crawfordsville, AR, Aug 10, 2011. Meyer is scheduled to receive the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for valor, from President Barack Obama for heroic actions in Ganjgal, Afghanistan, Sept. 8, 2009, making him the first living Marine Corps recipient since the Vietnam War. (DoD photo by Sgt. James Shea, US Marine Corps/Released)
Excerpted from the Washington Post of August 12, 2011:
A former Marine corporal who repeatedly braved enemy fire in attempting to rescue four comrades in Taliban-infested eastern Afghanistan has been selected to receive the Medal of Honor, the highest award given to members of the armed services…
Dakota Meyer, a former turret gunner and scout sniper from Kentucky, is only the third living veteran of the Afghan and Iraqi conflicts to be chosen for the honor, and he is the first living Marine to be designated for the award since 1973…
Bing West, who served as a combat adviser in Vietnam, described Meyer’s heroics in his book The Wrong War.
“For a man to charge into fire once requires grit that is instinctive in few men,” West wrote. “To do so a second time . . . requires inner resolve beyond instinct; to repeat a third time is courage above and beyond any call of duty; to go in a fourth time is to know you will die; to go in a fifth time is beyond comprehension.”
Sgt. (then Cpl.) Dakota Meyer while deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Ganjgal Village, Kunar province, Afghanistan. Meyer will be receiving the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest award for valor, from President Barack Obama in Washington, Sept. 15, making him the first living Marine recipient since the Vietnam War. Meyer was assigned to Embedded Training Team 2-8 advising the Afghan National Army in the eastern provinces bordering Pakistan. He will be awarded for heroic actions in Ganjgal, Afghanistan, Sept. 8, 2009.
[Source: Washington Post. Images courtesy of US Department of Defense Flickr Stream and US Marine Corps Flickr Stream.]