WASHINGTON (AP) - Pentagon officials say President Barack Obama
will present the Medal of Honor to a Texas Marine who braved enemy
fire in Afghanistan in a bid to find and retrieve three missing
Marines and a Navy corpsman.
Dakota Meyer of Austin, who left active duty in June 2010, will
be the first living Marine in 41 years to receive the nation's
highest award for valor.
Only two living recipients - Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta and Army Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry - have received the
award for actions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The decision to present the award to Meyer was first reported
Tuesday by Leatherneck, a Marine Corps Association publication, and
by the Marine Corps Times, an independent newspaper. Both said
Obama called Meyer on Monday to break the news.