Marine Corps Sgt. Dakota Meyer Receives Medal of Honor

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • Marine Corps Sgt. Dakota Meyer bows his head in prayer before a the Medal of Honor ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Washington, D.C., Sept. 15, 2011. Meyer is the first living Marine to receive the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.  U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Daniel Wetzel
  • Marine Corps Sgt. Dakota Meyer gets a laugh from President Barack Obama during the Medal of Honor ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Washington, D.C., Sept. 15, 2011.  U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Daniel Wetzel
  • Marine Corps Sgt. Dakota Meyer stands in front of the audience as President Barack Obama reads the citation of the Medal of Honor during the Medal of Honor award ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Washington, D.C., Sept. 15, 2011.  U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Daniel Wetzel
  • Past Medal of Honor recipients and audience members listen as President Barack Obama reads the citation of the Medal of Honor during the Medal of Honor presentation ceremony for Marine Corps Sgt. Dakota Meyer in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., Sept. 15, 2011. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Daniel Wetzel
  • President Barack Obama reads the citation of the Medal of Honor during the Medal of Honor presentation ceremony for Marine Corps. Sgt. Dakota Meyer in the East Room of the White House, Washington, D.C., Sept. 15, 2011.  U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Daniel Wetzel
  • President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Honor to Marine Corps Sgt. Dakota Meyer during the Medal of Honor presentation ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Washington, D.C., Sept. 15, 2011. 
 U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Daniel Wetzel
  • President Barack Obama prsents the Medal of Honor to Marine Corps Sgt. Dakota Meyer during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Washington, D.C., Sept. 15, 2011. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jimmy D. Shea
  • President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Honor to Marine Corps Sgt.  Dakota Meyer during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Washington, D.C., Sept. 15, 2011. White House photo by Pete Souza
  • President Barack Obama, right, and Medal of Honor recipient Marine Corps Sgt. Dakota Meyer, left, bow their heads in prayer during the Medal of Honor presentation ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Washington, D.C., Sept. 15, 2011. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Daniel Wetzel
  • President Barack Obama congratulates Medal of Honor recipient Marine Corps Sgt. Dakota Meyer during the Medal of Honor presentation ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Washington, D.C., Sept. 15, 2011.  U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Daniel Wetzel
  • Marine Corps Sgt. Dakota Meyer stands at attention after receiving the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama during the Medal of Honor presentation ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Washington, D.C., Sept. 15, 2011.  U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Daniel Wetzel
  • Marine Corps Sgt. Dakota Meyer leaves the East Room of the White House after receiving the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama during the Medal of Honor presentation ceremony, Washington, D.C., Sept. 15, 2011. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Daniel Wetzel
  • Medal of Honor recipients Army Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Arthur Petry, left, and Marine Corps Sgt. Dakota Meyer, right, stand side-by-side after Meyer recieved his Medal from President Barack Obama during the Medal of Honor ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Washington, D.C., Sept. 15, 2011. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jimmy D. Shea