Medal of Honor Marine returns to Ky., talks about meeting President Obama

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by Anna Prendergast

WHAS11.com

Posted on September 18, 2011 at 12:30 AM

Updated Sunday, Sep 18 at 12:33 AM

(WHAS11) -- Dakota Meyer returned from Washington D.C. Saturday morning to act as “Grand Marshall” in the Cow Days Festival in Greensburg, Ky.

Gov. Steve Beshear said, “Dakota on behalf of 4.3 million Kentuckians I want to tell you how proud we are of you.”

At 17-years-old Dakota Meyer became a Marine and left his hometown of Greensburg, Ky. In 2009 Corporal Meyer was in Afghanistan on patrol with Afghan and American soldiers when suddenly they were ambushed.  Meyer didn't run instead he went into the heavy fire five different times and saved 36 lives that day.  Four of Meyers friends also Marines lost their lives in the fight. Meyer went back into enemy fire to pull out his friends bodies.  Meyer said, “on September 2009 I lost four brothers, they are the hero’s not me.”

Dakota Meyer and his father Mike have had a busy week. A few days ago Meyer had a beer in Washington D.C. with President Obama. “It might have been one of the best beers I ever drank,” Meyer said. The following day the President awarded Meyer with the military's highest honor, the Medal of Honor.

On Saturday, Meyer who is no longer active in the military was the Grand Marshall in Greensburg at the 38th annual Cow Days Festival.  Children wanted pictures with him and Veterans wanted to shake his hand.

Gov. Beshear awarded Meyer with the Kentucky Colonel Award

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