Confirmed: Sgt Dakota Meyer To Be Awarded The Medal Of Honor
July 22, 2011
Read more about Sgt Dakota Meyer's actions in Bing West's "The Wrong War."
July 20, 2011
A Marine who repeatedly braved enemy fire in eastern Afghanistan attempting to find and save fellow members of his embedded training team will receive the Medal of Honor, Marine Corps Times has confirmed.
Dakota Meyer was contacted by President Obama on Monday, according to sources with knowledge of the award. He will be the first living Marine recipient of the nation’s highest award for valor since now-retired Sgt. Maj. Allan Kellogg received the medal for actions 41 years ago in Vietnam.
Only two living recipients — both soldiers — have received the award for actions in Iraq and Afghanistan: SSgt Salvatore Giunta and Sgt 1st Class Leroy Petry. Cpl Jason Dunham is the only Marine to receive the medal for current conflicts, and he received it posthumously after throwing himself on a grenade in Husaybah, Iraq, in 2004 to save the lives of fellow Marines.
Read more in "Obama OKs Medal of Honor for living Marine" in the Marine Corps Times.
July 19, 2011
The office of the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps confirmed to Leatherneck that Sergeant Dakota L. Meyer was contacted on Monday evening by President Barack Obama who informed him that he has earned and will be presented the Medal of Honor.
More to follow in the coming days. . .
Note: The specific action leading to the award of the Medal of Honor is told in the April Leatherneck article, "The Bravest Warrior" by Bing West.