“Unbridled Valor: Dakota Meyer’s Medal of Honor”

Medal of Honor recipient Marine Corps Reserve Sgt. Dakota Meyer, 23, manned a turret gun atop a military humvee cruising down Main Street during a parade opening the 38th annual Cow Days festival on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011 in Greensburg, Ky. Organizers say more than 20,000 people turned out to welcome Meyer back to his home state after the president awarded him the nation’s highest military honor two days earlier for his heroic actions as an active-duty Marine corporal in Afghanistan in 2009.

Marine Corps Reserve Sgt. Dakota Meyer wore the Medal of Honor (left) he received two days earlier on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011 in Greensburg, Ky. Meyer’s other decorations include: (top row, from left) the Purple Heart Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with “V” device for valor, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, (bottom row, from left) National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one bronze campaign star, Iraq Campaign Medal with one bronze campaign star, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and NATO ISAF Afghanistan Medal.

Medal of Honor recipient Marine Corps Reserve Sgt. Dakota Meyer (left) signed an autograph for Betty Joe Shuffett of Greensburg as others waited in line to meet the local hero during a meet-and-greet event at Greensburg Baptist Church on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011 in Greensburg, Ky. People lined up around the block for a chance to meet Meyer and have their picture taken with him in exchange for a $5 or $20 donation to the Green County High School football program.

Veterans of Foreign Wars members from local James L. Pruitt Post 5813 including, from left, Tommy Hollenbeck, Bryan Chapman, Commander Joe Taylor and Richard Robb shared a laugh while lined up outside Greensburg Baptist Church to meet local Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011 in Greensburg, Ky. People lined up around the block for a chance to meet Meyer and have their picture taken with him in exchange for a $5 or $20 donation to the Green County High School football program.

Medal of Honor recipient Marine Corps Reserve Sgt. Dakota Meyer sat down and shut his eyes for a quick rest break before a meet-and-greet event at Greensburg Baptist Church on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2011 in Greensburg, Ky. People lined up around the block for a chance to meet Meyer and have their picture taken with him in exchange for a $5 or $20 donation to the Green County High School football program.

Rep. Ed Whitfield (left) presented a plaque to Medal of Honor recipient Marine Corps Reserve Sgt. Dakota Meyer during a ceremony in Meyer’s honor on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011 at Lindsey Wilson College’s Blue Raider Stadium in Columbia, Ky. The event concluded “Dakota Meyer Week” in Adair County, a week-long event honoring the hometown hero.

Medal of Honor recipient Marine Corps Reserve Sgt. Dakota Meyer stood at attention saluting an American flag during the singing of the national anthem at a ceremony in his honor on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011 at Lindsey Wilson College’s Blue Raider Stadium in Columbia, Ky. The event concluded “Dakota Meyer Week” in Adair County, a week-long event honoring the hometown hero.


  • Role Photojournalist & Photo Editor

  • For Apex MediaWire

  • Date September to October, 2011

  • Type Photo Story

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