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He risked his life running back and forth through enemy fire to gather the remains of his fallen friends and his hero act.
Save the lives.
The fifteen Afghan soldiers.
Retired marine corporal Dakota Meyer received the medal of honor from President Obama back in 2011.
And today he's here to share -- story in the new book into the fire firsthand account the most extraordinary battle in the Afghan war.
Could see you -- welcome to the -- Yeah glad you're back well could see Dakota first off the -- -- -- working mixing cement an interview and when you got to call that you be the medal of honor recipient of us because it would happen in that battle particulate and your reaction we got the call.
I you know.
It was Friday the words of one of the worst days.
-- in the car and figure out your receive the medal of honor for something you don't -- feel like you deserve for.
So yeah the president called and I was out on the work that job site.
Almost missed the call because -- missed knowledge right now demolish -- -- over usual lately called.
So knives just you know I have finding out that I'm I'm receiving some -- and asked for and wasn't easy -- do is figure that you write and they have thought it was bigger than me in and at the time was his words but -- make sense I wanna go out how to make a difference and try to provide some inspiration.
And make sure these guys never you know make sure they never never die that they can live on forever.
-- one of the reasons you may have felt that way that you were not worthy of that.
Is because you were going through so many emotional struggles yourself trying to do you -- right.
Yeah an army you know coming back in at number one get sent home early off the deployment was tough.
Coming back in and just knowing that you know you just you basically spelled your own guys the guys -- the most important he felt them and they'd -- lost their lives because of it.
And you -- you know how we supposed to do you know what if questions but talk about that battle in particular because I -- you remember you guys that the bracelets -- go through an airport if they -- you take them off now we go to anyway -- area so that the battle in particular.
When you guys -- down in your pin down.
You defied orders and went back how many times five times yeah it's it's it's five or six times you know we we also talk about it in the in the book about how you know the fog of war.
No would you consider trip you know what you consider trip might not be what I consider -- so it's all you know it's it's all on what you see so and that's -- came out and wrote the book tonight.
I didn't talk about the story much whenever the medal honors going to and I was doing in the it -- in the media tour because I knew that people wouldn't come out start talking about it but it's why I wrote the book you know I wrote the book because I put in my words and it's my count.
And you know.
And it's very personal.
This one of the most personal things that you share that's getting a lot of headlines is this post traumatic stress disorder and how you slept with.
A gun on your chest yeah move back in with your dad and and at one point you're drinking too much so way too much and you determine that you're gonna take your own life yes you go into your car.
And what happens.
And -- you know I was driving on the row one night and -- -- so I was I was just I guess I was I mean it I was a rock bottom and and I was going on the road in and that is now is tired being a Bernama Stanley I was tired of you know I was tired of because it didn't seem like the easy way out so.
Pulled over its side of the road in and just I pull one of my guns out and I asked as -- -- -- -- triggered.
And how there wasn't around then I don't know I have no idea but.
Obviously some by taking it out.
And and it's over me up and is like yeah at that point Thomas just tell myself you have to figure this out I have to I have to figure this out because.
-- -- I if I would have killed myself that was the most you know selfish thing that could ever do right and uses -- -- click you can possibly imagine -- -- Loud -- click you can possibly imagine and now you decided to help others to have a have a -- I away from that day in and I started I asked myself you know why do I feel this way why am I why am -- so.
You know what what's wrong with me why -- -- do this and it made sense because I'm being now I was selfish.
Now I Yunel then yeah it could elect to do is continue that conversation on the -- a little bit later definitely definitely go out and get this book into the fire thanks so much to -- that.
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