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Big Dog
09-15-2011, 07:19 PM
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,’ ” Obama recounted with a chuckle Thursday afternoon in the medal ceremony for Meyer in the gilded East Room of the White House.

“Dakota is the kind of guy who gets the job done,” Obama said.

Meyer, of Greensburg, Ky., became just the third service member to earn the award for service in the Afghanistan or Iraq wars, and he’s the first living Marine to have earned the honor since 1973.

In his buttoned-up dress uniform, Meyer, since promoted to sergeant, stood at attention as Obama hung the medal, on a light blue ribbon, around his neck. Meyer’s father, grandparents and 120 family and friends were on hand for the ceremony, as was Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)

Meyer did not comment to the assembled media. But on his Twitter account, he wrote: “A sincere thank you to everyone who has reached out today. Semper Fi”

Making the event more touching was the appearance of New York Times photographer Joao Silva, who lost both legs after stepping on a land mine while on patrol with American troops in Afghanistan last year.

Silva, who underwent rehabilitation at Walter Reed Hospital and now walks on prosthetic legs and with a cane, attended the ceremony as an accredited journalist. Obama talked with him briefly before the ceremony, Silva said, and the journalists took photos throughout the event.

It marked just the second time that Silva has taken professional photos, the first coming at the closing ceremony for Walter Reed Hospital.

“He asked how I was doing, and I told him I had made improvements since the last time he saw me,” Silva said of his conversation with Obama. The journalist added that he still has six months to a year left of rehab.

Obama recounted the night that Meyer risked his life repeatedly to save his compatriots. Meyer was serving near a village in a Taliban-held area when the power in the town suddenly went out and the valley lit up in a hail of gunfire and mortar rounds from Taliban fighters hiding in the hills. A patrol of Afghan and U.S. forces was pinned down in the fire.

Meyer was about a mile away but could hear the attack on the radio. He repeatedly asked his superiors for approval to go to the aid of the unit but was repeatedly denied, Obama said.

The young corporal and Staff Sgt. Juan Rodriguez Chavez jumped in a Humvee — Chavez at the wheel and Meyer in the gun turret — and headed into the “killing zone,” as Obama called it.

Coming across some wounded allied Afghan fighters, the pair brought them to safety and headed back in. In all, the duo entered the battle zone five times, rescuing 23 Afghans and 13 Americans. They also extracted the body of four Americans who had been killed in the fighting.

Meyer suffered shrapnel wounds to his arm, Obama said.

Obama noted that Meyer was being honored just days after the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that prompted the United States to engage in the war.

The Obama administration had previously awarded the medal to two other Afghan war veterans. Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, who received the award Nov. 27, 2010, and Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry, who was awarded at a White House ceremony last month, are the only other living service members given the honor for actions in combat after Sept. 11, 2001.

Meyer is the second Marine to receive the medal for heroism in Iraq or Afghanistan. Cpl. Jason Dunham was awarded the medal posthumously for throwing his body on a grenade.

“Dakota, I know that you’ve grappled with the grief of that day; that you’ve said your efforts were somehow a failure because your teammates didn’t come home,” Obama said. “But as your commander-in-chief, and on behalf of everyone here today and all Americans, I want you to know it’s quite the opposite. You did your duty, above and beyond, and you kept the faith with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps that you love. Because of your honor, 36 men are alive today.”

By David Nakamura | 04:58 PM ET, 09/15/2011




http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/checkpoint-washington/post/marine-cpl-dakota-meyer-receives-medal-of-honor/2011/09/15/gIQACqAKVK_blog.html

Hawkeye2j
09-15-2011, 07:22 PM
I guess he did what he had to do.

cottonbroker1
09-15-2011, 10:24 PM
The guy is a true hero...I think Obama is lying about him not taking the phone call though. It was Obama using self deprecating humor in a vain attempt to endear people to him and make subtle pleasent connections between a true hero and himself when they think of it...its a very interesting ploy for Obama to try that. It didnt work on me but then again, im not genetically challenged.

doctordog
09-15-2011, 11:18 PM
The guy is a true hero...I think Obama is lying about him not taking the phone call though. It was Obama using self deprecating humor in a vain attempt to endear people to him and make subtle pleasent connections between a true hero and himself when they think of it...its a very interesting ploy for Obama to try that. It didnt work on me but then again, im not genetically challenged.


Obama is a POS and everyone knows it.

cottonbroker1
09-15-2011, 11:21 PM
Obama is a POS and everyone knows it.I have been programmed by obamas cheap sublimial messages to only equate Obama with war heroes now...:lmao2: what a cheap ass psych 101 trick....classic...:thumbsup:

cottonbroker1
09-16-2011, 01:32 AM
Obamas pathetic attempts at cheap sublime messaging really did work on me. At a speech he gave in iowa recently he rolled up his shirt sleeves to plant the seed in the minds of his flock he was just another one of them...i was watching it at home and he convinced me to. The only way I wear long sleeve shirts now is with the sleeves rolled up. just like Obama. I love war heroes like obama (oops, it worked again lol) and I am glad he has convinced me we are just alike with the exception of him being a war hero, of course...

crowonapost
09-16-2011, 01:44 AM
As a citizen at least he hangs out with them & acknowledges them & celebrates them even if he never served, rolled up fake sleeves & all.

Unlike the previous flack jacket wearing on a U.S. Carrier POTUS before him. Who put on a good show, but could care less about the individuals whom served.

Previous POTUS even went so far as to make sure we continued to avoid pictures of his choices. (http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=7265545&page=1)

But this current POTUS broke that 18 year ban to acknowledge their work.

Good for him & our humanity, rolled up sleeves & all.

;)

Big Dog
09-23-2011, 03:09 PM
Obviously this Marine was flippin' the pres. the bird. That's why Obumbie had to have another "beer summit". Obumbie does that when he fucks up. The Marines know he's a military hating dick.

I'm surprised Obumbie didn't try to court martial him, and make him sleep and shower with a bunch of fags.



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