Medal of Honor, the recipient, and new Fox News contributor Dakota Meyer can remember every detail of the tragic events of September 11, 2001. But he longs to see the country return to the unity he witnessed in the aftermath. “Nine-eleven is my generation’s Pearl Harbor,” Meyer told Fox News Thursday. “When you talk about my grandparent’s generation, everyone remembers where they were when happened. And the same thing happened with 9/11.” “I was 13 years old when men flew two planes into the World Trade Center,” Meyer added. “I can remember exactly where I was standing in middle school… I remember them bringing a T.V. and tower fall.” Five years later, Meyer joined the United States Marine Corps, a decision he said was not directly out of a desire to “avenge 9/11” but more out of continuing his family’s tradition of serving their country.
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“My grandfather was a Marine… my time in military service, but the events of that day lingered in the background no matter where he went. “When I served in Iraq, I’ll never forget one of the first houses we went into, inthe bedroom of that house… there was a picture of the World Trade Center falling,” Meyer recalled.served,” Meyer said. “And not necessarily in a military capacity.” “Honor and integrity were snstilled into my family,” he added. The terrorist attacks of September 11 were not always on his mind during his
Meyer would later deploy to Afghanistan, where the 9/11 attacks were plotted. There, Meyer was awarded theheroism, the Medal of Honor. On September 8, 2009, Meyer was pulling security while other U.S. forces went on a foot patrol fighters. Upon learning that the attack cut off his fellow Americans Meyer took up an exposed gunner’s position in a gun truck that he and a fellow Marine used to take multiple trips through withering enemy fire in an attempt to rescue their comrades.
“During the first two trips, he and his driver switch to another gun truck for a third trip into the ambush area, where his accurate fire directly supported the remaining U.S. personnel and Afghan soldiers out of the ambush.” Now a conflict veteran Meyer expressed sadness at the current situation in Afghanistan, lamenting that the U.S. drawdown has left many .soldiers, many of whom were wounded,” reads his Medal of Honor citation. “When one machine gun became inoperable, he directed a return to the rally point to
“I hate what’s happening in Afghanistan right now,” Meyer said. “For 20 years, women got to go to school, childrenpart of different roles and organizations inside ofghanistan. “We made Afghanistan better,” Meyer added. “The United States of America, its presence in Afghanistan, made Afghanistan safer for 20 years. Unfortunately, we’re leaving it the way we did. Politics, once again… messes up a good thing.”. Women got to go out and be genuinely
Meyer was awarded the Medal of Honor by former Barack Obama on September 11, 2011,after the attacks that motivated the U.S. involvement in Afghanistan. Now approaching the 20th anniversary of that tragic day, Meyer is more prone to reflect on teptember 12, 2001. “I would never wish for another 9/11, but I would anything for another 9/12,” Meyer said. “The events of of the United States of America. It’s the last time in that you’ve seen the true power of the free world. “The came together, and all these subcategories of whatever we want to identify as were shed away, and we all came together as Americans,” he added. “The patriotism has never been higher since. It truly was the definition of what united looks like in this country. And that’s what 9/11 represents to me.”