Search Blog Posts

Friday, October 18, 2013

Videos Contradict Official Account of Medal of Honor Winner Dakota Meyer

Just visualize for a moment how this government-authorized crime has so disgraced, debased and dishonored the highest military honor of our country. This government is not above doing anything to solidify itself, the status quo, and its own perpetuity.
"Dakota, I know that you've grappled with the grief of that day; that you've said your efforts were somehow a "failure" because your teammates didn't come home. But as your Commander-in-Chief, and on behalf of everyone here today and all Americans, I want you to know it's quite the opposite. You did your duty, above and beyond, and you kept the faith with the highest traditions of the Marine Corps that you love." 

Ratcliff became the first enlisted man to enter the Confederate fortifications at this entrance to Richmond. For that, he was promoted to sergeant major and awarded the Medal of Honor - one of fewer than two dozen black soldiers to earn the military's most prestigious award in the Civil War. Read story

Dakota Meyer receiving Medal of Honor
Friday, October 18, 2013

New evidence has surfaced contradicting the heroic accounts of Marine Sergeant Dakota Meyer, who received the Medal of Honor four years ago for gallantry in Afghanistan.

In Into the Fire: A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War, his memoir of the 2009 battle that made him famous, Meyer claimed insurgents swarmed his vehicle, leading to his fighting off the attackers with both a rifle and a machine gun.

Both the Marine Corps and the Obama White House backed Meyer’s story in deciding to make him the first living Marine to receive the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War.

But a McClatchy investigation has uncovered videos from an Army medevac helicopter that showed no Taliban in the area where Meyer was at the time of the attack.

“We totally flew over everything….There was nothing going on down there,” Army National Guard Sergeant Kevin Duerst, the helicopter crew chief whose helmet camera recorded one of the videos, told McClatchy. “There was no serious gunfight going on.”

McClatchy’s probe also has revealed that “crucial parts of Meyer’s memoir were untrue, unsubstantiated or exaggerated, as were the Marine Corps and White House accounts of how he helped extract casualties from the valley under fire,” the news service’s Jonathan Landay wrote.

Another soldier, former Army Captain William Swenson, who received a Medal of Honor this week for gallantry in the same battle, said the videos showed what really took place in the Ganjgal Valley on September 8, 2009.

“It shows the truth of that battle, a truth I never expected to see again,” he told McClatchy.

Perhaps just as startling was this admission from Meyer: “I wrote my book to the best of my recollection of what happened. And if that’s not it, then that’s not it.”

The Marine Corps declined to comment on the videos. The service and the White House have continued to stand by their accounts of Meyer’s heroism.

-Noel Brinkerhoff
To Learn More:
Obama and Marines Gave False Account of Medal of Honor Winner’s Heroism (by David Wallechinsky and Noel Brinkerhoff, AllGov)