GREENSBURG, Ky. — It has been a long journey.
Dakota Meyer will receive the Medal of Honor on Sept. 15, two years after he braved enemy fire multiple times in Afghanistan in attempt to save fellow U.S. service members in Ganjgal, Afghanistan. He made it out of the valley alive, and they didn’t. It’s a tough situation to digest.
Marine Corps Times readers know the story well by now — various aspects of it have led me to write three cover stories since early last year, including a profile on Meyer.
With the White House announcement now official, however, I made my way down to Meyer’s hometown this week with staff photographer Chris Maddaloni.
We met him at his grandparents’ farm Tuesday in this rural town of 2,500 people, sitting in their living room to discuss the battle, its aftermath and how he handles all the attention. An excerpt of the interview is available here:[brightcove video=”1116907168001″ /]
We’ll have a lot more in next week’s print edition of Marine Corps Times, but I thought it was worth sharing some personal observations here.
Meyer has taken the time to do at least 20 interviews since the White House’s announcement — a heavy workload that must be both monotonous and exhausting. Still, he sits dutifully, answering questions from reporters — some of whom clearly haven’t done their research and ask dumb questions, based on a quick Google search.
Meyer still loves to crack jokes, and clearly has a great relationship with his grandparents, Dwight and Jean Meyer. Married 58 years, they’re planning to fly to Washington for the ceremony. They proudly shared their recollection of the Korean War, which Dwight served in as a Marine. His haircut is still squared away, snow-white hair and all.
I love the fact that he disobeyed a direct order to go after his buddies!
We need more of this in today’s world. Thank you for posting it! Semper Fi
Wow. What a brave young man. We DO need more of this in today’s world, Bob. You’re right.
Imagine what this world would be like if everyone was like this young man. Inspiring.
I am the proud daughter of a Ret. Gunny Sergeant. I am so proud of this young man, he is truly humble and I hope he can be proud of himself some day. I pray for peace in his heart one day. I can’t imagine how hard this is for him without his commrades. Like it or not, he is and will forever be a hero.
I’ve read every article I could find on him and being his age I still get goosebumps. All the things people complain about in their daily lives all the unimportant whining, makes me proud to see someone who is so humble so good at heart when the moment arose he stepped up and took charge with no concern for himself. The mans a hero to me and every American. I can only hope he one day can sit back and think to himself job well done marine. God bless.
You are a very BRAVE MAN! You are to be comended for your outstanding HEROISM.
You make me proud to be from Kentucky.
This medal of honor is awarded to this marine, fighting for the NEW WORLD ORDER, notice the upside down star, and 13 stars.
He dont question, he follow orders
We were honored to read the article. The sacrifice you made to save others is amazing. Bless you.
You are such a brave Marine. Semper Fi. God Bless you !
Sergeant Dakota L. Meyer is a tough warrior but a gentle soul. Sergeant Meyer, may you always see what your life is worth.
Be proud, be strong…United States Marine Corps! Semper Fi my fellow Marine
Wonder how he now managing his civil life. Where did he go to when alone in his bed? Are all those afghan ghosts around him disturbing his rest? I ask this because he is very young. Hope, all will develop to his best. (68 y; Germany)
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Hi Dakota, In Green County with Jaclyn and Family, Just wanted to say hi and God Bless You and your Bravery and Divine Intervention. Love Gypsy and Family<3