Chase Goodman of Pikeville, Ky., told the Lexington Herald-Leader that he hopes Dakota Meyer receives nationwide recognition when he is presented with the nation’s highest military decoration for valor.
Goodman says he believes Meyer’s actions to try to save the men in Afghanistan in 2009 were “just extraordinary” and called him a true hero.
Meyer, who is originally from Kentucky, left active duty last year and now lives in Austin. He will be the first living Marine in 41 years to receive the award.
He is receiving the award for retrieving the bodies of 1st Lt. Michael Johnson, 25; Marine Gunnery Sgt. Edwin Johnson, 31; Marine Staff Sgt. Aaron Kenefick, 30; Navy Corpsman James Layton, 22; and an Afghan soldier they were training. Johnson was Goodman’s half-brother.
Source: The Associated Press via Lubbock Online.