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Austin native 23-year old Dakota Meyer will become the first living Marine in 41 years, and only the third living recipient during the Afghanistan and Iraq wars to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor .
Via the Navy Times:
A Marine who repeatedly braved enemy fire in eastern Afghanistan attempting to find and save fellow members of his embedded training team will receive the Medal of Honor, Marine Corps Times has confirmed.
Dakota Meyer was contacted by President Obama on Monday, according to sources with knowledge of the award. He will be the first living Marine recipient of the nation’s highest award for valor since now-retired Sgt. Maj. Allan Kellogg received the medal for actions 41 years ago in Vietnam.
The Military Times said Meyer will be honored for the actions he took Sept. 8, 2009, in Ganjgal, a remote village near the Pakistan border in violent Kunar province, where he charged into a kill zone on foot and alone. Meyer told the Military Times that he carried the four men out of the area, which had been under fire for hours.
Killed in the September battle were Gunnery Sgts. Edwin Johnson, 31, and Aaron Kenefick, 30; 1st Lt. Michael Johnson, 25; Hospitalman 3rd Class James Layton, 22; an Afghan interpreter and at least eight Afghan security forces members, according to the Military Times.
“Already wounded by shrapnel, Meyer found (the Americans) dead and stripped off their gear and weapons, and helped carry them from the kill zone,” the Military Times reported.
You can read more about Sgt. Meyer’s story at Leatherneck Magazine.