Dakota L. Meyer

U.S. Marine Corps / Medal of Honor

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Saluting American Valor

Since 2001, more than 1.9 million Americans have been deployed to war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan, displaying the highest form of service to country.

From November 2009 through December 2010, Stephens Media newspapers and websites published the stories of more than 75 men and women in uniform who received top commendations for acts of bravery and valor.

War is tragic and frightening. These stories, however, will tell of individuals who acted selflessly when thrust into life-or-death situations.

  • Obama-presents-medal

    Dakota L. Meyer

    Medal of Honor
  • web-MOH-presentation

    Leroy Arthur Petry

    Medal of Honor
  • Giunta-White-House

    Salvatore A. Giunta

    Medal of Honor
  • with-beard-and-rifle

    Robert James Miller

    Medal of Honor
  • Kim-Steve

    Steve H. Kim

    Bronze Star
  • Dyer-in-tank

    Scott A. Dyer

    Bronze Star with Valor
  • Ingerson-hot

    Eric Ingerson

    Bronze Star with Valor
  • Ruske-with-propeller

    Gregory Ruske

    Silver Star
  • Smith-and-wife

    Jason E. Smith

    Silver Star
  • evers-CHAIR03

    Charles M. Evers

    Silver Star
  • Viggiani-and-Day

    Anthony L. Viggiani

    Navy Cross
  • Stann-handshake

    Brian M. Stann

    Silver Star
  • Joshua-Simson-1

    Joshua E. Simson

    Silver Star
  • BALDWIN-VALOR-1-062310-copy

    Jason Andrew Baldwin

    Silver Star
  • GySgt-Jason-Doran

    Jason K. Doran

    Silver Star
  • Baltasar-Sandoval-Fincher

    Justo Baltasar

    Bronze Star with Valor
  • sandoval-fincher1

    Anthony Ray Sandoval

    Bronze Star with Valor
  • sandoval-fincher4

    Jason Erik Fincher

    Bronze Star with Valor
  • Jadick-medal

    Richard Jadick

    Bronze Star with Valor
  • trumbull-truck

    Joseph C. Trumbull

    Air Force Combat Action Medal
  • bellavia

    David Bellavia

    Silver Star
  • Jackson-mug

    Walter Bryan Jackson Jr.

    Distinguished Service Cross
  • West

    Ben West

    Bronze Star with Valor
  • Davis-headshot

    Aaron Davis

    Silver Star
  • gaineyracecar

    Michael Gainey

    Bronze Star with Valor
  • Tomlin-Bush-Silver-Star

    William C. Tomlin III

    Silver Star
  • suitingupforamaintenancetestflight[1]

    Rob Congdon

    Bronze Star with Valor
  • Brazeal-2

    Donnie Brazeal

    Bronze Star with Valor
  • Salman-Grave-Fighting-Position

    Kathryn Van Auken

    Bronze Star with Valor
  • Mac&KateHelo

    Lauralee Flannery

    Bronze Star with Valor
  • ackerman-formal

    Elliot Ackerman

    Silver Star
  • malone-sgt-first-class

    Ed Malone

    Bronze Star with Valor
  • Archie-and-Clay

    Clayton M. Rankin

    Bronze Star with Valor
  • SAR-pic

    Sarun Sar

    Silver Star
  • workman_jeremiah

    Jeremiah Workman

    Navy Cross
  • LeHew-formal

    Justin D. LeHew

    Navy Cross
  • Hancock-medal

    Robert Hancock

    Bronze Star with Valor
  • Dockery-and-family

    Lincoln Dockery

    Silver Star
  • Grabowski-Change-of-Command-011

    Rickie Grabowski

    Bronze Star with Valor
  • Radwich-in-Humvie

    Mark Radwich

    Army Commendation Medal and Air Force Combat Action Medal
  • malmberg-launcher

    Chad Malmberg

    Silver Star
  • Church-Jeremiah-Silver-Star

    Jeremiah Church

    Silver Star
  • Strickland

    Ronald Strickland

    Silver Star
  • hutchinson-gun

    David R. Hutchinson

    Silver Star
  • Ashley

    James D. Ashley

    Silver Star
  • Upp-three

    Christopher Thomas Upp

    Silver Star
  • Martinez_side-view

    Marco Martinez

    Navy Cross
  • Marra-up-close

    John Marra

    Bronze Star with Valor
  • shorter-in-ghazni3

    Randy Shorter

    Silver Star
  • GregWaters

    Gregory Waters

    Silver Star
  • Michael-Espejo

    Michael A. Espejo Jr.

    Silver Star
  • McCoy

    Kellie J. McCoy

    Bronze Star with Valor
  • peterson

    Jamyn Peterson

    Bronze Star with Valor
  • maimes-sunglasses

    Jason Maimes

    Army Commendation Medal with Valor
  • Silvestri-medal

    Marc Silvestri

    Bronze Star With Valor
  • Gunner-w-Captured-Weapons

    David Dunfee

    Silver Star
  • Mooi-Iraq_288

    Joshua R. Mooi

    Navy Cross
  • Alvarez-Anbar-11.05

    Javier A. Alvarez

    Silver Star
  • homer-mug

    Robert W. Homer

    Silver Star
  • Boada-51

    Stephen J. Boada

    Silver Star
  • Alvarez2

    Albert R. Alvarez

    Bronze Star with Valor
  • Alvin-Shell-at-DHS

    Alvin E. Shell Jr.

    Bronze Star with Valor
  • Mike-McCarty-SS

    Mike McCarty

    Silver Star
  • Brasher-1

    James Brasher

    Silver Star
  • church_presentation

    Jeremy Church

    Silver Star
  • Willson-mug

    Christopher Willson

    Bronze Star with Valor
  • OHara-on-guard

    Nicole O'Hara

    Bronze Star with Valor
  • Steve-Egoavil-1

    Steve Michael Egoavil

    Soldier's Medal
  • POPADITCH-2-070709-c

    Nick Popaditch

    Silver Star
  • Waiters-award

    Christopher Bernard Waiters

    Distinguished Service Cross
  • GeorgeCollins-in-vehicle

    George Mac Collins

    Bronze Star with Valor
  • Campbell-_3603

    Kim N. Campbell

    Distinguished Flying Cross
  • Monsoor-Ramadi

    Michael Anthony Monsoor

    Medal of Honor
  • Jared Christopher Monti

    Jared Christopher Monti

    Medal of Honor
  • Paul_Ray_Smith

    Paul Ray Smith

    Medal of Honor
  • Ross-McGinnis

    Ross A. McGinnis

    Medal of Honor
  • Michael Murphy

    Michael Murphy

    Medal of Honor
  • Jason L. Dunham

    Jason L. Dunham

    Medal of Honor
  • vanlandingham-award

    John F. Vanlandingham

    Silver Star
  • Sean Laycox

    Sean Laycox

    Distinguished Flying Cross
  • Jason Amerine

    Jason Amerine

    Bronze Star with Valor
  • Thomas L. Cathey

    Thomas Lane Cathey

    Bronze Star with Valor
  • hilliard-silverstar

    Jon M. Hilliard

    Silver Star
  • Michael Carter

    Michael David Carter

    Silver Star
  • Gregory Ambrosia

    Gregory Ambrosia

    Silver Star
  • Jason Brown

    Jason D. Brown

    Silver Star

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