VALOR President Obama applauded after awarding Dakota Meyer, a former active duty Marine Corps Corporal, the Medal of Honor. In September, 2009, Meyer ignored orders to stay put and fought his way five times into an ambush in an Afghan ravine, helping to rescue three dozen comrades and to recover the remains of four dead American servicemen. He is now a sergeant in the inactive service. (Photo: Doug Mills / The New York Times)
My colleague Gretel C. Kovach of The San Diego Union-Tribune wrote a gripping story about Cpl. Meyer’s actions that day.