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It's very are a lot of people talk about what should happen in the war but very often not very often the -- -- actually.
That is a a medal of honor recipient to talk about the war that he saw in the when he fought.
He -- he into politics and who would he's got a brand new book out called into the fire a firsthand account.
Of the most extraordinary battle in the Afghan war he -- with another legend -- that's being west is so his.
His is owned -- fair share of battles Dakota Meyer.
Welcome to kill me inference things similar China will be here we got a chance to -- if you -- that I am going out a few times out in person on the veranda at FOX & Friends now finally sitting down here.
Now that you've been through a lot I mean in war how long were you win would it would times -- -- which we -- -- that.
Yeah -- joined the Marine Corps in 2006.
June 18 right at a high school and then.
I went to pay -- -- based training now went to Iraq in 2007.
-- a -- a short there because I was been biased spider.
I'm a right -- -- suffered nerve damage so I came back and then well it's incredible the has that high you know we were out in ability.
And we -- on a mission I was sniper.
And you know I just there is that the elder bugs everywhere over there and I -- to in my hands are slowing up again be your -- and I came back we're back on base and then and you know next then on -- -- because you know -- film in my right hand.
So I got my hand back in and you know I got -- going again and then we -- reigning Indy go to Iraq per second second time and they came in and said you know -- -- volunteers go to Afghanistan.
And that -- and -- -- wanna go you know go somewhere else.
And now -- wind up being assigned to small team of advisors and going on that and border of Afghanistan impacts in northeastern Afghanistan.
And this is where what's -- been 56 months and then came home.
Five to six months and possibly the most dangerous place in the world correct.
Yeah anything you know I don't know it to everything else but I -- the -- -- the most dangerous place that are meant.
You write about one battle in particular I'm surprised the book isn't that you're -- by all the drama that took place in an all the all the value witnessed but I always miss up -- -- the valley yeah off the games you go down again to go about it so tell me what took place there.
It's 2000 ninths 2009 on September 8 you know we.
It seem like you I -- caught the weekend hell.
Seem like is on the six we got hit pretty hard -- -- base and then on the -- -- you know lost my whole team.
And then so many ways on the -- we were going -- -- Gunner in the village elders came out so they're gonna announce themselves from the Taliban and you know on the bases for what it's worth the way I believe we.
You know you take over.
War on tired by you know reducing their supporters and and obviously reduce their freedom movement.
So you know it's really important -- we are going this valley and as we went in there I was left -- -- my team for the first time.
Replace the beginning Gunner sergeant Johnson and they were going in in and they were ambushed as soon as they got in there -- it was we were set up.
And so the elders were not re asking -- -- -- know and they were drawing you in there more like Ray Nagin -- -- -- -- -- -- -- get -- -- in there you know.
To set us up called the fan and and you know after 66 hours.
Myself arteries Chavez captain we'll -- Win and found I found them and they were all this.
And do you know why you pulled out.
Original of the team yet he not.
Packets that I have no idea I mean I asked myself that every day in and always been able to give -- answer -- you know I don't know there was because I was.
Because I was.
You know I was always going you know tell what I thought.
I now wasn't always want to go with the flow I was always the one who I just felt like I'll voice my opinion because I feel like if I get off of my chest.
You know it's not your problem you know I told you what I thought and if you want you know my commanders want to act on it you know we -- said the mission wasn't a good plan -- the night before.
And based coastal nominee -- in the Marine Corps -- I know Le mission planning.
And basically that could have been line sense logically like you probably -- okay if he's gonna get is a hard time.
Let's assume that just leaving home -- in nine and and and and maybe its footage on my team -- try to give you back -- the team to go in and they were told no one.
And by the you know buyer seniors.
Who are in charge that day and then and then after Erica come back and look at him -- -- united.
This is what I said the problem was and and I gotta tell what was a coincidence.
Sargent Dakota Myers here and you he became an international story when the president singled him out as a medal of honor recipient he was poured cement a civilian at the time.
He almost missed the call but got it and was reluctant to get it -- going back to winning actually is given it and now understandably.
You understand that the elderly and telling your story in receiving you -- you get a chance to salute to men lost their lives and -- Yeah you know when I first learn now has seen -- though laundry you know MIAs and and is still that way it's it's like that they -- around my neck and this is let.
This is what I get for -- my guys that day and let them down and it's like the care.
It's like -- his stamp that's gonna show that your failure in front of the nation's so -- I see of it by you know I'll also -- that.
You know this is a way acting make a difference you know I got to do some composite with the death -- something negative positive -- and we -- we as Americans know about that definitely.
So yeah I'm trying to go out make a difference tell the stories that the guys men and women are still serving in the men and women -- -- -- fighting for the their sacrifices in their forgotten.
-- so let's bring us back to that day seemed fine eighteen is being taken out of left at least under heavy fire there and -- -- fire there -- -- heavy fire so they the word gets back to you who I'm listening to the radio traffic.
And see the confusion going on in and I made the decision myself in -- Chavez.
He radioed up to another guy and we kept -- you go in they kept on -- snow.
So we -- that we know we can't we can't sit here and do nothing you know we gotta we gotta go -- try to help these guys and and and we did because you know that's what Brothers do for each other and and that's what we did so which it is happening chief we got there humvee -- in.
And this has we got in there I mean.
I've I've tried to play worst case scenarios every time I -- and I wanna tell you it is.
The worst case scenario that I could ever imagine you multiply about a million and that's what it seemed like it was spiraled in this valid -- -- to the -- how many of them do you think.
I don't know I -- out young and that's -- big controversy going on as you know how many it is -- -- and and it's like I don't know I mean I wasn't.
It's not like you know you get to referees or watch a football game can even take the same thing in there and they're not immune shot as on every play and every play yeah.
So -- I was going in in you know we we're just trying to we have one mission that was it did Diaz -- -- -- or die trying so you wanted.
We -- five times you went back and forth.
And what did you finally when he got two bodies.
-- you know they were all -- entrench.
You know I can believe there'll that I mean is this like it's like -- -- I knew their damn best deal when checked them for polls because it's like.
Nice -- we had and it's not real and he I remember his.
I guy got on the ferry carrying amount and although -- -- -- and just and Afghan soldiers help me.
I could not help carry a lot of their guys out and they and they help me carry the guys out -- this society -- you know where do you go from here are some things going -- your mind you know.
The so when you book into the fire and it is.
In a situation like that and yet talked to a lot of athletes who say you know during times in the -- -- -- horrible things you shut down those sand goes off.
Sample a -- 100000 people screaming your name.
-- what was it like for somebody who had their life on the line not a game on the line.
-- in I -- the military as athletes you know there is -- they're just they're playing more serious game did you -- defy yeah you guys you hear the fire but it's it's like your mind it's -- It's not talk in the book about how it's it's almost like you've become one.
And as the site and look at the story -- I recall the story if I'm watching myself do it.
And it's it's it's it's kind of crazy and -- I mean I felt like I was.
You know pretty calm.
For the most part I mean there's few times that I wasn't but you know it's it's just.
It's a psyche you just do your job and and and and I think guys after the first I'm going and I accepted that I was gonna die.
And I just -- -- I was gonna just keep fighting to make them on a diet which you would from the right.
When I mean yeah I mean I was saying I was one -- -- -- I felt like I accepted that I was and I was going to be killed in the battle with it is that bad now when -- gonna make it out so.
After that I mean US you got to worry about -- right I agree.
On the surface a -- from here in the -- studio.
If you look back 45 times and each time they told you don't go back whether the -- -- the first time going and they told us not to go in not to even enter the value -- not don't leave our position you know after that nobody is -- any fingers can do it.
What we felt was right here -- on our own program it's like we are he's.
And -- -- against orders so -- and then it was a commanders that there and and then you know it's just.
You know we didn't receive artillery support and and and -- things you know that at bottom line is that my -- -- -- that day.
And you feel as though they would even have been -- and impossible mission.
You know it was.
I don't see is an impossible mission but I do see it as a we could've been better planning so after this she's he -- back -- with five times and we'll kind of wounds he received I used to -- and -- -- -- shrapnel to my right arm.
Have you thought about the cause of that happening you surviving it's almost like -- Stallone movie when they're told don't hit the store.
This is not a real on now I know it's.
How I made I couldn't tell you -- mean insists you know that's -- Yes someone did not only is guy that day.
So urgent sue you or get their guys you get him on the job or how much longer -- serve.
How you know I they.
I stay in Afghanistan for prior three months and then I came home on December is that of 2009.
And then let's I mean it's a -- he reacts there I was told I was two too tightly -- my guess is what.
What was going on.
An -- depends on what you call to -- we welcome.
-- back and I was in every military units that are in.
And Cincinnati Ohio are and it ranked in in Cincinnati.
-- -- -- But you know this is doing with the deal with -- coming back and then not being able to finish your employment and just you know there are so many things come back them when they got so bad -- so bad for you -- even writing your book did you try to commit suicide you put -- -- your -- pulled the trigger yet you know it's it's like many things that you I went back and forth on the output in there -- -- -- talk about him but I felt like if I didn't talk about them not being true.
So who I am and that's what I wanted to book that tell people about my life in the struggles that I've dealt with the hopefully for about an inspiration for other people who can relate to me because we as Americans we on the would struggle Lorena she's depends on what level -- that.
And yeah you know I just came back and -- that rock bottom and I talk about in my book on you know -- just.
How how live begin I don't squeezed -- and then there's nothing and write in and he seems like -- doing great now can you.
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