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It's now set to present the nation's highest award for valor the medal of honor to a living marine for the first time since Vietnam.
He -- marine corporal Dakota -- he recovered the bodies of four fallen comrades during a controversial battle in Afghanistan back in 2009.
At least fifty describe to us as will armed Taliban fighters.
Ambushed corporal Myers and a dozen other US serviceman while they were on a mission to meet with tribal elders near the border with Pakistan.
Military leaders refuse the team's pleas for artillery support but corporal -- with shrapnel in his legs.
Braved enemy fire and helped carry the bodies of his fellow fighters out of the kill zone.
Now the award and Jennifer Griffin has it from the Pentagon tonight intelligent.
Hi -- well he is the first living recipient first marine to receive this honor in 41 years but he is -- reluctant recipient.
I feel worse than the furthest thing from -- -- I went there to do a job and and and the way out here it is let those guys down bit.
But the war would be for them and if for the -- for the Marines there for marine she didn't get recognized.
Corporal Dakota Meyer was based in -- and our province on the border with Pakistan on September 8 2009.
A scout sniper his unit got ambushed Meyer was hit with shrapnel but kept going.
To try and help find the three fellow Marines and navy course men who were missing.
When he found them they were dead stripped of their -- gear but he still managed to carry each of them off the battlefield.
It's a bittersweet story for corporal Dakota Meyer who was called by the president.
There's a heavy sadness with this story in particular.
They're there were -- issued to some officers that were back to the basically -- fire support.
They repeated the over the period of an hour or two.
Once they were pinned down under fire.
Were pleading for fire support artillery whatever they could yet.
Two free themselves up to code in addition to braving enemy fire multiple times in the vehicle.
Also took it on upon himself to run in on -- and start looking for his missing friends.
Corporal Meyer got out of the -- less than a year after the incident appears to still be living with a lot of the pain as a result of the lives that couldn't be saved during that ambush that day.
He -- the humility that we've come to associate with these extraordinary war -- -- Ordinary indeed Jennifer Griffin at the Pentagon tonight Jen thanks so much well you could say.
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