In a ceremony today at the White House, President Obama presented the Medal of Honor to Dakota Meyer, former Sergeant of Marines, for actions in the Ganjal Valley in 2009.
Meyer, now in the private sector, repeatedly returned to the kill zone of a massive ambush to extricate his Marines and Afghan soldiers.
As is the case with so many living recipients of the Medal, is very modest about his achievements, insisting that he is no hero.
The ambush at Ganjal has been somewhat controversial. Not Sergeant Meyer’s actions, but the conduct of the battle after the enemy ambushed our forces.
War News Updates has a roundup of the controversy surrounding the battle, Sergeant Meyer’s actions, and the recommendation of another Medal of Honor for an Army Captain who was at Meyer’s side during the action. Go read the whole thing.