Dakota Meyer (person)
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These days it seems heroes are hard to find. The nation is mired in debt, the poverty rate is the highest it has been since sometime in the 1990’s, unemployment is rampant, food stamp usage is at an all time high and all our elected leaders seem to do is point fingers at one another looking to place blame.
And then, along comes a guy by the name of Dakota Meyer. He’s just a simple Marine that will be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in a ceremony to be held at the White House on September 15, 2011.
Here’s the text of the citation that will be read in his honor.
Medal of Honor Citation
"The President of the United States in the name of The Congress takes pleasure in presenting the MEDAL OF HONOR to
All in all Dakota Meyer was credited with saving 36 lives and recoving the bodies of 5 his fellow warriors.
I’m not a big fan of the war but having served my time in the peace time suck many years ago I can still feel a sense of pride in the adage that “once a Marine, always a Marine” rings true. Not only did Dakota Meyer distinguish himself on the field of battle but he managed to remain humble about his exploits as well as evidenced by the following quotes.
On his fallen comrades:
"I would do it a hundred times.”I wish I could have kept them alive.”
"I was only doing what Marines do…I’m the furthest thing from a hero,” he says, “if this is what it feels like to be a hero you can have it. "What gives me the right to be standing here today and not their kids? I feel like I failed them and I failed their families.”
On those that he rescued :
He says he wasn’t counting how many lives he saved that day in Ganjgal.“I couldn’t tell you, I see numbers come out all the time, there, three or four sets of numbers , but I don’t think numbers really matter.”
“I wasn’t really thinking I could die…I can’t speak for him ( a fellow jarhead), but I know, I never thought I was going to come out.”
"The only thing I was focused on was getting those guys out of there.”
“I guess what’s stuck in my mind is you either get guys out alive or you die trying, if you didn’t die trying, you didn’t try hard enough.”
To me, maybe the most endearing part of Mr. Dakota’s persona was his request that on the same day he receives his just recognition, he’s requested that each of his fallen comrade’s home towns hold a ceremony in their honor.
/me:wipes a tear from his eye
Semper Fi Marine!