Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Marine Corporal Awarded Medal of Honor
Dakota Meyer, who was a corporal in the Marine Corps at the time, will be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for exceptional bravery and resourcefulness in Afghanistan's Ganjgal Valley, according to an article in USA Today. He says that he doubted he would leave the place alive, since he was convinced his superiors had underestimated enemy strength and the enemy occupied the high ground and hid in a nearby village. His warrior instincts proved to be sound when he decided to go in a Humvee to rescue his comrades, making a total of five trips. He is credited with saving the lives of 13 U.S. troops and 23 Afghan soldiers, and killing 8 Taliban insurgents.