Thursday, September 15, 2011

I'm proud to claim the title...

…of United States Marine.

Sgt. Dakota Meyer, somehow just saying Semper Fi doesn’t seem like enough. How do you say thank you to a man credited with saving three dozen fellow soldiers (13 Americans and 23 Afghans)?

That there is the picture of a hard, hard man.

For those of you not familiar with Sergeant Meyer's story, he received the Medal of Honor from President Obama today, becoming the first living Marine to be so honored in almost four decades. He got it for willingly running back into a withering enemy fire not just once, not twice, but five times to rescue his fellow warriors during a battle in Afghanistan on Sept. 8, 2009. The last time he went back, he went to recover the bodies of three Marines and a Navy Corpsman who’d been killed in the ambush.

That is what being a Marine is.

If you want to read more about Sergeant Meyer,
go here.

With a humility that's difficult for any Marine to summon, but is easy today, "Thank you."

Here's health to you and to our Corps
Which we are proud to serve;
In many a strife we've fought for life
And never lost our nerve;
If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven’s scenes;
They will find the streets are guarded
By The United States Marines.

– Marines’ Hymn, Third Verse


HK said...

Wow, words cannot astounding story. I'm glad Sergeant Meyer has been honored for brave action which likely seems ordinary to him.

Anonymous said...

such an overwhelming story. this country is so lucky to have soldiers like dakota meyer.

and thank you to you, mr. dew.

FoggyDew said...

HK - I actually had a hard time coming up with this post. Nothing seemed quite right. I've met a couple of MoH recipients and every single one of them feels the same way as Sergeant Meyer.

firecracking - It is indeed lucky to have such Marines.

Dana said...

What a lovely tribute -- and what an astounding story of bravery and loyalty.
(I can't get over how much Sgt. Meyer resembles my father as a young man.)