Dakota Meyer, a former Marine Corporal, has been contacted by the President and awarded the Medal of Honor, Marine Corps Times reports. Meyer, pictured above, will reportedly receive the medal for his efforts to rescue fellow teammates during embedded training who came under enemy fire. White House and Marine officials declined to comment on the Marine Corps Times. They did, however, obtain documents detailing his Medal-worthy efforts:
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, according to military documents obtained by Marine Corps Times.
Meyer will be the first living Marine in 41 years to receive the award. The last was Sgt. Maj. Allan Kellogg, who received the award for efforts during Vietnam. Only one other Marine has received the Medal of Honor for current conflicts. Cpl. Jason Dunham won the award in 2004 for throwing himself on a grenade to save fellow Marines. President Obama presented Army Ranger Leroy Arthur Petry with the award just over a week ago.
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