Inflated Story for Medal of Honor Recipient

Crucial parts that the Marine Corps publicized regarding Dakota Meyer’s Sept 8th 2009 ambush in Afghanistan are untrue, unsubstantiated or exaggerated, according to dozens of military documents and witnesses.

It’s unfortunate because Dakota Meyer, for all intents and purposes, deserved his nomination for the medal– the nation’s highest award for valor. But McClatchy Newspaper reports that the account President Obama gave to the White House audience during Meyer’s Medal of Honor ceremony were not as the events happened. The Marines publicized and Obama described how, against orders, Meyer drove into an ambush in eastern Afghanistan, killed insurgents at near-point-blank range, twice leapt from his gun turret to rescue two dozen Afghan soldiers, saved the lives of 13 U.S. service members, and recovered the body of four comrades. However,

Sworn statements by Meyer and others who participated in the battle indicate that he didn’t save the lives of 13 U.S. service members, leave his vehicle to scoop up 24 Afghans on his first two rescue runs or lead the final push to retrieve the four dead Americans. Moreover, it’s unclear from the documents whether Meyer disobeyed orders when he entered the Ganjgal Valley on Sept. 8, 2009.

The statements also offer no proof that the 23-year-old Kentucky native “personally killed at least eight Taliban insurgents,” as the account on the Marine Corps website says. The driver of Meyer’s vehicle attested to seeing “a single enemy go down.”

Read more at McClatchy Newspaper
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