Dakota Meyer

Meyer Drops Suit Against Former Employer

by Gabe Bullard on December 15, 2011

Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer is no longer suing his former employer.

After leaving the Marines, Meyer worked for BAE Systems, a defense contractor. He took issue with the company’s intent to sell thermal sniper scopes to Pakistan. Meyer says he was ridiculed after he raised his concerns.

He says when he sought another job, his supervisor called his potential employer to say Meyer was an alcoholic and mentally unstable. Meyer then returned to Kentucky.

In a statement, Meyer says the two sides have come to an amicable agreement and does not elaborate, though he does say BAE will not sell the scopes to Pakistan.

Meyer is also in the news this week for discrepancies in the official account of the actions that earned him the Medal of Honor. An investigation found that the Marines exaggerated portions of Meyer’s story, including how many of his fellow soldiers he saved and how many insurgents he killed.

However, the report makes it clear that Meyer’s actions were still worthy of the award.

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Investigation Shows Discrepancies in Reports of Medal of Honor Recipient’s Actions

by Gabe Bullard December 15, 2011

An investigation by the McClatchy news organization casts some doubts on the official account of Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer’s actions. Meyer, a Kentuckian, received the medal for actions in Afghanistan in 2009. The official account of the Marine’s story describes how he ran into enemy fire to retrieve his fallen colleagues and Afghan […]

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Medal of Honor Recipient Dakota Meyer Sues Defense Contractor

by Gabe Bullard December 1, 2011

Medal of Honor recipient and Kentuckian Dakota Meyer is back in the news. He’s suing defense contractor BAE Systems. Meyer worked for BAE, but took issue with the company’s plans to sell thermal sniper scopes to Pakistan. Meyer says BAE responded to his concerns by ridiculing him. He left BAE in May for another firm, […]

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NPR’s Tom Bowman on Medal of Honor Recipient Dakota Meyer

by Laura Ellis September 18, 2011

Former Marine Corporal Dakota Meyer was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor last week, becoming the third living recipient of the nation’s highest combat honor and first living Marine recipient of the award since the Vietnam War. Tom Bowman covered the story for NPR, and he joined us Friday on State of the News to […]

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State of the News 9/16/11 [Audio]

by Laura Ellis September 16, 2011

Segment A: We looked back at the week’s metro news, including the removal of Councilwoman Judy Green and the planned changes at some LG&E plants. Segment B: Shea Van Hoy and Daniel Suddeath from News and Tribune joined our own Gabe Bullard & Phillip M. Bailey to talk about week one without the Sherman-Minton Bridge. […]

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President Awards Kentuckian Medal of Honor

by Gabe Bullard September 15, 2011

For the first time in nearly 40 years, a living Marine has been awarded the nation’s highest military honor. Kentucky native Dakota Meyer received the Medal of Honor today. Two years ago in Afghanistan, Meyer traveled through a firefight with Taliban forces to search for missing comrades. He later helped retrieve four fallen soldiers. “Dakota, […]

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Kentucky Lawmakers Praise Medal of Honor Recipient

by admin September 15, 2011

Kentucky native Dakota Meyer received the Medal of Honor from President Obama Thursday, becoming the first living Marine to receive the award in four decades. Speaking from the East Room of the White House, Mr. Obama thanked Meyer and other members of his unit for their service in Afghanistan. “You did your duty above and […]

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McConnell Praises Medal of Honor Recipient From Kentucky

by admin September 15, 2011

Speaking on the Senate floor Thursday, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., honored Kentucky-native Dakota Meyer, who will become the first living Marine to receive the Medal of Honor in four decades. In 2009, Meyer ran into a firefight while serving in Afghanistan to search for ambushed U.S. soldiers and Afghan troops. Meyer asked his commanding […]

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Kentucky Native to Receive Medal of Honor Today

by Gabe Bullard September 15, 2011

A Kentucky native will receive the Medal of Honor today. Two years ago in Afghanistan, then-Marine Corporal Dakota Meyer ran into a firefight to search for ambushed comrades. He later helped retrieve four of their bodies. Meyer says he felt like a failure afterward and didn’t expect to be recognized for his actions. After his […]

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Kentuckian to Receive Medal of Honor

by admin August 15, 2011

A Kentucky native and former Marine Corporal will receive the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama next month for his actions in Afghanistan two years ago. Dakota Meyer will be the third living recipient of the nation’s highest combat honor and first living Marine recipient of the award since the Vietnam War. The 23-year-old […]

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