According to the Marine Corps Times, a brave Marine who dodged massive enemy gunfire alone in order to retrieve the bodies of four fallen members of his team will soon be awarded the Medal of Honor.
For former Marine Corps Cpl. Dakota Meyer, he will enter history as the third living recipient to receive the nation’s highest honor for his actions in Afghanistan as well as the first living Marine to receive it since the Vietnam War.
As reported by the Marine Corps Times, “Meyer, who left active-duty service in June 2010 as a corporal, will be honored for his actions Sept. 8, 2009. He charged into a kill zone on foot and alone to find three missing Marines and a Navy corpsman, who had been pinned down under intense enemy fire in Ganjgal, a remote village near the Pakistan border in violent Kunar province. Already wounded by shrapnel, Meyer found them dead and stripped of their gear and weapons, and helped carry them from the kill zone.”
Corporal Meyer will join Army Staff Sgt. Leroy Petry and former Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta as living Medal of Honor recipients for the war in Afghanistan. Giunta received his medal last fall and Petry was awarded the honor earlier this month during a special ceremonial tradition.
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