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President Obama awarded Sgt. Meyer The Medal of Honor in recognition of his acts of extraordinary valor on Sept. 8, 2009, which saved the lives of 13 US Marines and Soldiers and 23 Afghans.  Over the course of a six-hour firefight, without regard for his own personal safety, Sgt. Meyer repeatedly braved enemy fire in eastern Afghanistan attempting to find and save fellow members of his embedded training team.

During an early morning joint operation to meet with tribal elders in Ganjgal village, Kunar province, Afghanistan, A remote village near the Pakistan border with a known insurgent presence, US Military, Afghan National Army and Afghan Border Police came under attack. Sgt Meyer watched as his team members were ambushed by more than 50 insurgents in well-fortified positions and armed with machine guns, assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades.

The joint operation unit took cover, returned fire and made multiple attempts to call for artillery and air support. As casualties mounted, the unit remained pinned down at their position, encircled by enemy fire.

Sgt. Meyer took it upon himself to leave his relatively safe location and enter the kill zone to help his brothers. Already wounded by shrapnel, Sgt. Meyer entered the kill zone four separate times to evacuate trapped soldiers.

On his fifth trip in, Sgt. Meyer recovered the bodies of three missing Marines and a Navy corpsman killed in the battle.

Marine Corps Statement on Medal of Honor