Medal Of Honor to be Awarded to Marine Corps Sergeant Dakota Meyer

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The irony and back-story of the situation are pretty fucked. He was originally going to be brought up on charges because he was ordered not to go back in to rescue the other Marines, and I guess as the story got noticed higher up the chain he was recommended for the MOH instead.

He was asked if he had any requests while in DC, and he asked to have a beer with Obama, which they did in the Rose Garden last night.

He's only the third living recipient in Iraq and Afghanistan and the first living Marine.

Cool story.

Marine to receive Medal of Honor for heroism in Afghanistan
September 15, 2011 | 9:02 am

Dakota Meyer on Thursday will become the first living Marine to receive the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War for his actions in saving three dozen fellow warriors in Afghanistan.

Meyer will receive the coveted military award in an afternoon ceremony at the White House. In media appearances, Meyer has said that the recognition was tough, coming as a result of “the worst day of your life.”

On Wednesday, Meyer met privately with President Obama, who will lead the honors. The pair had a beer on a patio outside the Oval Office, the White House announced.

“Over the weekend, the President's staff called Meyer in preparation for Thursday's Medal of Honor ceremony at the White House. Meyer asked the staffer if he could have a beer with the President. POTUS invited Dakota to come by the White House,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney tweeted.

According to the White House, Meyer will become the third living recipient, and first Marine, to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Born in Columbia, Ky., on June 26, 1988, Meyer attended local public schools, and graduated from Green County High School. In 2006, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and did his basic training at Parris Island Recruit Training Depot, the White House said.

In 2010, he completed his active duty commitment and currently serves in the Inactive Ready Reserve of the Marine Corps as a sergeant. He is a Marine infantryman and scout sniper.

At the time of his deployment to combat duty in Afghanistan, he was serving as a turret gunner and driver. According to the military, on Sept. 8, 2009, Meyer was in the Ganjgal Valley in Kunar province in Afghanistan when his unit was attacked by 50 enemy combatants. Meyer charged through enemy fire five times in an armored Humvee to save 13 Marines and Army soldiers and 23 Afghan troops who were pinned down.

Meyer is credited with killing at least eight attackers despite being wounded in his arm by shrapnel.

On the day of the attack, Meyer, then a corporal, was part of a security team, Marine Embedded Training Team 2-8, Regional Corps Advisory Command 3-7. When a forward team took fire, he asked to be allowed to move forward and he was repeatedly denied.

Finally, he and another Marine, Staff Sgt. Juan Rodriguez-Chavez, jumped into the Humvee and moved out. Rodriguez-Chavez, 34, originally from Acuna, Mexico, was awarded the Navy Cross.

Meyer also recovered the bodies of four friends killed in action.

Meyer is the second Marine to earn the Medal of Honor from the current wars. Marine Corporal Jason Dunham received the awarded posthumously for his actions in Iraq.
 
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During the speech Obama gave for the award ceremony, he said that when he tried to call him at his new civilian construction job to tell him he's getting the MOH, he wouldn't take the call and had him call back during his lunch break. That's fucking funny... "I'm sorry Mr. President, but can you call me back in a couple of hours? I've got nails to hammer"

:haha7:
 

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During the speech Obama gave for the award ceremony, he said that when he tried to call him at his new civilian construction job to tell him he's getting the MOH, he wouldn't take the call and had him call back during his lunch break. That's fucking funny... "I'm sorry Mr. President, but can you call me back in a couple of hours? I've got nails to hammer"

:haha7:
FOX NEWS headline: "Obama gives honor to recognize Union labor!!!!!!!"
 

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The irony and back-story of the situation are pretty fucked. He was originally going to be brought up on charges because he was ordered not to go back in to rescue the other Marines, and I guess as the story got noticed higher up the chain he was recommended for the MOH instead.
"I've got to get Buuubba!"
 

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During the speech Obama gave for the award ceremony, he said that when he tried to call him at his new civilian construction job to tell him he's getting the MOH, he wouldn't take the call and had him call back during his lunch break. That's fucking funny... "I'm sorry Mr. President, but can you call me back in a couple of hours? I've got nails to hammer"

:haha7:
I'd like to have a beer with this guy...
 

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did obamma call him a "corpse man" like the did the last Medal Of Honor recipient that he gave the medal to?
 

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During the speech Obama gave for the award ceremony, he said that when he tried to call him at his new civilian construction job to tell him he's getting the MOH, he wouldn't take the call and had him call back during his lunch break. That's fucking funny... "I'm sorry Mr. President, but can you call me back in a couple of hours? I've got nails to hammer"

:haha7:
Probably thought it was some pal of his fucking around.
 

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This dude rules. God bless.
 

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he was ordered not to go back in to rescue the other Marines
Even at knowing just a few Marines as distantly as I do, I have to imagine whoever gave those orders got a good swift kick in the ass for even thinking of giving orders like that.
 

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I wanted to slap my wife in the face when I was watching the ceremony on T.V. and she started some inane babble about something she had read on TMZ. Bitch, can't you see there's important shit going on?
It's fucking great to see Congress finally recognizing the valor that is taking place in these wars. World War II was roughly 5 years long and had 464 recipients. The Iraq and Afghanistan wars are 10 years old now and only have 10 recipients. I know there were a shitload more people on WWII and all that, but I think Congress probably robbed a lot of brave men and women(?) of the recognition that they deserved due to political views of the wars.
 

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I wanted to slap my wife in the face when I was watching the ceremony on T.V. and she started some inane babble about something she had read on TMZ. Bitch, can't you see there's important shit going on?
It's fucking great to see Congress finally recognizing the valor that is taking place in these wars. World War II was roughly 5 years long and had 464 recipients. The Iraq and Afghanistan wars are 10 years old now and only have 10 recipients. I know there were a shitload more people on WWII and all that, but I think Congress probably robbed a lot of brave men and women(?) of the recognition that they deserved due to political views of the wars.
I feel ya bro, happens to me constantly.
 

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I feel ya bro, happens to me constantly.
X3. My secret pet nickname for my wife is sometimes "Bliss." ;)
It has to be genetic. There is no way women can be so oblivious of the relative importance of what is on T.V. at the time compared to the latest news on the White House party-crashers (the actual story she was getting ready to tell me before I shushed her). Oddly enough, O&A covered the story on the show today, too.
 
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I wanted to slap my wife in the face when I was watching the ceremony on T.V. and she started some inane babble about something she had read on TMZ. Bitch, can't you see there's important shit going on?
It's fucking great to see Congress finally recognizing the valor that is taking place in these wars. World War II was roughly 5 years long and had 464 recipients. The Iraq and Afghanistan wars are 10 years old now and only have 10 recipients. I know there were a shitload more people on WWII and all that, but I think Congress probably robbed a lot of brave men and women(?) of the recognition that they deserved due to political views of the wars.
My dad was 1st Recon in Vietnam, and the only thing I can think to say right now after reading this and also watching this today is Semper Fi.

It was a damn good day for The Corps, and I agree that there's probably at least 10 other guys who should have been similarly decorated by now. It's a different world we live in.