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Monday, October 14, 2013

Serious Questions Over Medal of Honor Winner's Account

Well, this will set off some kind of shitstorm.  In a piece posted tonight, one of the top reporters in the country Jonathan Landay of McClatchy (see his writing on the run-up to the Iraq war and much since) questions the account of the bloody U.S. vs. Taliban battle that won Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer, 25,  a Medal of Honor. Landay was at the scene of the battle as an embedded reporter.  See another recent Landay piece on the "lost" Medal of Honor nomination for a Meyer colleague who is now critical of him.
But videos shot by Army medevac helicopter crewmen show no Taliban in that vicinity or anywhere else on the floor of the Ganjgal Valley at the time and location of the “swarm.” The videos also conflict with the version of the incident in Marine Corps and White House accounts of how Meyer, now 25, of Columbia, Ky., came to be awarded the nation’s highest military decoration for gallantry.
The videos add to the findings of an ongoing McClatchy investigation that determined 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 White House and Marine Corps have defended the accuracy of their accounts of Meyer’s actions. The Marine Corps declined to comment on the videos.

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/10/14/205341/videos-contradict-medal-of-honor.html#storylink=cpy

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