U.S. President Barack Obama awards Dakota Meyer, a former active duty Marine Corps Corporal, the Medal of Honor "for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty." | /Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT
McClatchy dissects statements made by President Obama in awarding the Medal of Honor to Dakota Meyer. (Video by Kate Howard and Shashank Bengali)
McClatchy's Jonathan Landay talks about what he saw during a Sept. 8, 2009 ambush by insurgents outside Ganjgal, Afghanistan. Five Americans and nine Afghan soldiers died.
A California congressman said Tuesday that he was considering asking the Pentagon inspector general to investigate why President Barack Obama hasnt approved the nations highest military award for gallantry for a former Army captain whose nomination has been stalled at the White House since last summer. » read more
The men received Bronze Stars posthumously for their actions, but the details of what took place before they died on Sept. 8, 2009, when the Taliban ambushed a joint American-Afghan patrol in Afghanistans Ganjgal Valley, hadnt been disclosed. » read more
Nine Afghan soldiers who survived a 2009 battle that brought the first Medal of Honor to a living Marine since the Vietnam War have disputed the official accounts of how Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer won the countrys highest military decoration. » read more
The 2009 battle of Ganjgal is perhaps the most remarkable of the Afghan war for its extraordinary heroism and deadly incompetence. It produced dozens of casualties, career-killing reprimands and a slew of commendations for valor. They included two Medal of Honor nominations, one for former Army Capt. William Swenson. Yet months after the first living Army officer in some 40 years was put in for the nation’s highest military award for gallantry, his nomination vanished into a bureaucratic black hole. » read more
McClatchy senior national security correspondent Jonathan S. Landay, who survived a Sept. 8, 2009, ambush in Ganjgal, Afghanistan, reviewed dozens of U.S. military documents from the battle. McClatchy's reporting found errors and embellishments in the Marine Corps' Medal of Honor nomination for former Marine Cpl. Dakota Meyer, whose deeds have been retold in a book, countless news reports and numerous U.S. military websites.