Written by Wendy
Saturday, 27 August 2011 07:45
I didn't want to include the controversy involved with James' death on his website. While it's the reason he's gone, it's not who James is. This site is about James. For that reason I will include just a bit about the person who risked his own life to go in and save James and the rest of the team, and then when that wasn't possible, retrieved all their bodies allowing them to be returned to the families, and why it's significant that he be mentioned now.
Dakota Meyer will be given an honor no one wants on September 15. On that date, the President of the United States of America will place a light blue ribbon with a small field of stars around Dakota's neck.
That ribbon holds the Medal of Honor, which is given to those who have selflessly risked everything to do what most people will not. Any Service Member will tell you that the act of saving their brothers is not an action that requires thought, it's more of a function, like breathing. You don't choose to do it, it's just something you do.
Dakota went in to help James, Aaron Kenefick, Michael Johnson and Edwin Johnson in the ambush that occured as they went into Ganjgal, he never expected that they were already dead, but when he got there they had all been shot and stripped of their gear. Despite the devastating reality that he had to now deal with, he made sure his brothers were not left behind. He, with the help of some of his other brothers, went in repeatedly, while being shot at and after being hit, to retrieve all the bodies.
Dakota has always been a hero here. We don't need any medals or titles to know that his heart is bigger than most, his courage exceeds understanding, and his love is never ending.
There are a few links related to this that I'll list below. Any articles or interviews are by Dan Lamothe of the Marine Corps Times. Dan has gone above and beyond to make sure this incident does not slip under any political rugs, and keep Dakota's name in the pubic eye so that these actions were not forgotten by those who might rather this whole thing just disappear. As far as the rest of the media goes, I will not share on this site the countless vulture-written articles and interviews that are in this for ratings, who so obviously only spent 10 minutes googling what happened before sitting down and dragging the nightmare out of Dakota for their viewers pleasure, and who can not even say Corpsman correctly.
Also see Wikipedia pages for the Battle of Ganjgal and Dakota Meyer for more details.
Heroism in ambush may yield top valor awards - Dan Lamothe, Marine Corps Times
Behind the Cover: An exclusive interview with Dakota Meyer, Medal of Honor nominee - Dan Lamothe, Battle Rattle
Ambush survivor up for Medal of Honor - Dan Lamothe, Marine Corps Times
*Any further mention of the ambush and the investigations regarding it will be placed on the website ganjgalambush.com to keep this negativity off of James' site. Thanks for your understanding! ~ Wendy