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Marines Gin-Up Story For Medal Of Honor Recipient Dakota Meyer

December 15, 2011

For Pete’s Sake!

This is another one of those times when I am most proud to mention the role of newspapers in this country, and the importance of news operations in ferreting out the truth.  It takes time and resources to allow for a story like this to be investigated and told.

An exhaustive assessment by a McClatchy correspondent who was embedded with Dakota Meyer’s unit and survived the ambush found that the Marines’ official accounts of Meyer’s deeds which were retold in a book, countless news reports and on U.S. military websites were embellished.

Another reason so many feel as they do about the military. It is also another reason to shake our head and wonder what is wrong in the jar-neck world.

Crucial parts that the Marine Corps publicized and Obama described are untrue, unsubstantiated or exaggerated, according to dozens of military documents McClatchy Newspapers examined.

Sworn statements by Meyer and others who participated in the battle indicate that he didn’t save the lives of 13 U.S. service members, leave his vehicle to scoop up 24 Afghans on his first two rescue runs or lead the final push to retrieve the four dead Americans. Moreover, it’s unclear from the documents whether Meyer disobeyed orders when he entered the Ganjgal Valley on Sept. 8, 2009.

The statements also offer no proof that the 23-year-old Kentucky native “personally killed at least eight Taliban insurgents,” as the account on the Marine Corps website says. The driver of Meyer’s vehicle attested to seeing “a single enemy go down.”

  1. Patrick permalink
    December 15, 2011 5:30 PM

    The military enjoys a higher public regard than almost any other institution. The only people who “feel as they do” are ungrateful sheep who look cross-eyed at the sheep dogs until the wolves come round.

    This being said, it would be a tragedy if the medal of honor were tarnished. The medal of honor is supposed to be promoted from the bottom against a skeptical and determined bureaucracy to prevent it from diminishing. This reeks of top-downism. Everyone should read Robert Kagan’s article about the topic.

  2. December 15, 2011 12:01 PM

    The role of newspapers……. seems to be like a lot of people…. selective memory… even more selective interests. Why do they not follow the lead of some – I said some – of the talk radio shows and dig into some of the issues they seem to be so able to ignore or cover up??

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