Marine from Green Co. to receive Medal of Honor for Afghan valor

Marine from Green Co. to receive Medal of Honor for Afghan valor

Marine from Green Co. to receive Medal of Honor for Afghan valor

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Posted on July 20, 2011 at 5:34 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 20 at 5:53 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Pentagon officials say President Barack Obama will present the Medal of Honor to a Marine who braved enemy fire in Afghanistan in a bid to find and retrieve three missing Marines and a Navy corpsman.
  

Dakota Meyer, 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.

He is from Greensburg, Kentucky in Green County.
  

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.
  

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)
 

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