Obama stands by Medal of Honor award to Marine

December 16, 2011 • National News

In this Nov. 2, 2011 photo, Medal of Honor recipients Ernie West (Korea) and Dakota Meyer (Afghanistan) visit Fairview Elementary School n Westwood, Ky. Reports released Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 suggests the U.S. Marine Corps may have embellished the accounts of Meyer’s actions that earned him the medal. (AP Photo/John Flavell)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — President Barack Obama is standing by his award of the Medal of Honor to a Marine in the Afghanistan war despite a published report Thursday charging exaggerations of the battle.

Obama presented the award to Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer three months ago, calling him the “best of a generation” that joined the military after 9/11. He described the day in 2009 when Meyer braved enemy fire in eastern Afghanistan to save U.S. and Afghan comrades.

McClatchy Newspapers reported that its review of documents turned up numerous “untrue, unsubstantiated or exaggerated” assertions about the firefight. The report by a McClatchy correspondent who was embedded with the military and witnessed the Sept. 8, 2009, Login to read more

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