Memorials Set As Marine Gets Medal Of Honor

Dakota Meyer saved 36 lives from an ambush in Afghanistan and the ex-Marine will collect the nation's highest military honor at the White House.

While he's receiving the Medal of Honor on Thursday, Meyer's slain comrades will be memorialized in hometown ceremonies at his request.

His hero's moment was his darkest day. Meyer lost some of his best friends on Sept. 8, 2009, in Kunar Province.

According to the military, he charged through heavy insurgent gunfire on five death-defying trips in an armored Humvee to save 13 Marines and Army soldiers and another 23 Afghan troops pinned down by enemy fire.

President Barack Obama will bestow the medal. The two have also met privately, having a beer on a patio outside the Oval Office on Wednesday.


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  • by Original C on Sep 16, 2011 at 04:29 PM
    Anon 9-16-11 10:21 AM: Yep, it is your country, as well. So either love it, or leave it. Nobody's stopping you. Meanwhile, no flag in my face...just a love for America, and an appreciation for those who defend it. Try it sometime.
  • by DeAnna Location: America The Proud!!!!! on Sep 16, 2011 at 07:56 AM
    Thank God there are people in this world like Former Marine Meyer, he might have just simply been doing what he was trained to do, and he may have saved a number of lives, but he was still a hero for the simple fact that I think all men and women who are willing to give their lives for the sake of others freedom are heros. God Bless all of our Service Members and Former Service Members.
  • by Anti-Military Location: Closer Than You Think on Sep 15, 2011 at 06:23 PM
    One medal of "honor"- $29.98. A beer paid for by taxpayers- $2.00. Knowing that you do not support the troops and buy the lies- Priceless.
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      by Original C on Sep 15, 2011 at 07:41 PM in reply to Anti-Military
      One American service member has more honor in their right pinky than a sniveling pacifist has in his whole body.
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        by Anonymous on Sep 16, 2011 at 07:21 AM in reply to Original C
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          by Original C on Sep 16, 2011 at 04:11 PM in reply to
          Ooh, that one stung. That the best you can do? Keep thinking that this is Woodstock and it's 1969...I choose to live in reality. Our country [and the folks who defend it]rocks. Too bad you don't.
  • by Original C on Sep 15, 2011 at 12:53 PM
    Good show, Devil Dog! Meanwhile, The Voice must be on vacation in North Korea, otherwise he would've posted his usual anti-America drivel on this story.
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      by THE Voice on Sep 15, 2011 at 05:10 PM in reply to Original C
      No, C, I'm right here in beautiful California with a great career and no gratitude to your "heroes".
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        by Original C on Sep 15, 2011 at 07:39 PM in reply to THE Voice
        ...And you're also still living in the country you denigrate at every turn; your hypocrisy is amazing. Care to explain why you refuse to leave America, especially since you hate it so much? Your consistency is the only thing about you that doesn't disappoint.
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          by Anonymous on Sep 16, 2011 at 07:21 AM in reply to Original C
          It's our country, too, genius. Maybe you have not figured that out with the flag in your face all of the time.
  • by Carl on Sep 15, 2011 at 08:36 AM
    When will these type of folks learn that you cannot shoot or shoot at law enforcement officers and not expect a horrible outcome. Did he think he could just carry on as usual.
  • by Former Cpl. of Marines Location: Washington on Sep 15, 2011 at 07:10 AM
    WITN, Being a news station in Eastern N.C. an area with the most condensed population of Marine Corps bases and Marines you should know by now there are no ex Marines as you put it only Former Marines,a title EARNED never given. As a Marine Corps veteran please get it right.
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      by Michael Pressgrove on Sep 15, 2011 at 07:23 AM in reply to Former Cpl. of Marines
      Agreed! Former, prior, but never ex. as my bumper sticker says, 'Not as lean, not as mean, but still a Marine!' Semper Fi brothers! 3rd Bn/3rd Mar
  • by Anon Location: ENC on Sep 15, 2011 at 06:35 AM
    Also, the President should salute the Medal of Honor receipient, not give him a hug as he has done before.
  • by SSgt on Sep 15, 2011 at 05:50 AM
    I would suggest Prior Service Marine, not ex-marine. Im sure for those of us who have earned the title it makes a huge difference.
  • by Carl Location: Greenville on Sep 15, 2011 at 05:02 AM
    Oh rah devil dog way to get fired up. Also witn these Marines are right it's kinda disrespectful to call a former Marine an EX- Marine you guys might wanna do some homework.
  • by Former Marine Location: Morehead City on Sep 15, 2011 at 04:19 AM
    Come on WITN. Ex-Marine is reserved for those who never deserved to be called a Marine. Meyer is a true war hero. Title him properly.
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