Thursday, September 15, 2011
Who is Sgt Dakota Meyer?
Sgt. Dakota Meyer, the first living Marine to earn the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War.
On Sept. 8, 2009, Marine Cpl. Dakota Meyer, then 21, defied the orders of his superiors while on duty in a remote province in eastern Afghanistan, raced into a “killing zone” and rescued 36 U.S. and Afghan troops.
When President Obama recently called to tell Meyer he would be awarded the Medal of Honor, the military’s highest honor, Meyer didn’t take the call. Meyer, now 23, was working a new job in construction and asked the president to call him back another time.“He told me, ‘If I don’t work, I don’t get paid,’ he told the president.
The events of Sept 8 1009 ambush is controversial. Anyone who wants to know how much effort is taken on the part of the US to avoid killing one civilian needs to read this story."Despite the large Taliban force, U.S. artillery support was denied and helicopter support was late in arriving, as commanders worried they might violate a tactical directive to limit the use of air power when civilians could be injured or killed."(WSJ).