1:59pm

Thu September 15, 2011
Kentuckians at War

Beshear Congratulates Medal of Honor Recipient

Frankfort – “Our Commonwealth is full of pride today as one of our own, Kentucky native Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer, accepts the Congressional Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama for his extraordinary bravery while serving in Afghanistan in 2009," Gov. Steve Beshear said in a press release from his office.

"After an ambush in Kunar Province, Sgt. Meyer repeatedly entered into the heavy fire zone to evacuate the wounded, provide aid and recover the bodies of fallen unit members. He is credited with saving the lives of 13 U.S. Marines and soldiers as well as 23 Afghan soldiers. He is the first living Marine in 40 years to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor.

"Sgt. Meyer’s unparalleled acts of heroism in the face of near-certain death should humble us all, and we offer our gratitude and honor to him on this special day. To mark this occasion, I have ordered the flags at the state Capitol to be flown today in Sgt. Meyer’s honor.

"Today’s ceremony also reminds us of the sacrifice and service thousands of Kentucky military members continue to offer in Iraq, Afghanistan and other places around the world. We hold each of them in our prayers.”