Marine from Kentucky to receive Medal of Honor on Sept. 15

cclaybourn@herald-leader.comAugust 12, 2011 

Dakota Meyer, a Marine from Green County, will receive the Medal of Honor from President Obama on Sept. 15, the White House announced Friday. He and his family will join Obama at the White House for the award presentation.

The honor is for Meyer's courageous actions on Sept. 8, 2009, in Afghanistan. He retrieved the bodies of Michael Johnson, 25; Marine Gunnery Sgt. Edwin Johnson, 31; Marine Staff Sgt. Aaron Kenefick, 30; Navy Corpsman James Layton, 22; and an Afghan soldier they were training. Meyer suffered shrapnel wounds in the process.

Meyer will be the third living recipient — and first Marine — to receive the Medal of Honor for service in Iraq or Afghanistan. He will be the first living Marine in 41 years to receive the award.

At the time of his deployment to combat duty in Afghanistan, Meyer was serving as a turret gunner and driver. He completed his active duty in 2010.

Originally from Greensburg and a 2006 graduate of Green County High School, Meyer now lives in Austin, Texas.

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