Sgt. Dakota Meyer didn’t smile much when the President of The United States put that Medal of Honor on his chest.
Meyer understood what the medal had cost. And not just on the day of the combat, September 8, 2009, but all that went before.
I watched Meyer on 60 Minutes and he’s an impressive young man. One of the youngest Medal of Honor winners in several decades at 23. He’s also alive and not wounded. He saved 36 lives that day.
Of the men he went back for, four US Marines, were dead when he got to them. They were pinned down and had called for help. And other than Meyer, it never came. How sad and tragic. Meyer said, "He felt he had failed" because they all died. It wasn’t his fault, of course.
He also said the most interesting thing of all. When asked if it was worth it – THE WAR – did it really mean anything, he answered, "No."
We fight for the power of our military and cheap oil for the most part.
Lives are spent to prop up our economy and back up the US dollar, which no longer has gold behind it. Just guns, lots of guns. We are the most powerful military today of all-time. And because of men like Meyer we are free to do much of what we please in the world.
That is, as long as we keep proving we can "take anyone out" and we can.
This is what men and women in the military are dying for – to show our might.
We do it often and daily. Meyer found that out. And he, like many heroes before him, was upset by that. Clearly. Why didn’t those four marines lives matter? We had the choppers, the manpower to move in within minutes and save them. They just were not important enough I suppose. Christ.
I thought of a couple other Medal of Honor winners who became famous. Sgt. Alvin York. York was the biggest Medal of Honor winner in World War I. They say he killed more than 100 Germans and took hundreds prisoner. Gary Cooper won an Academy Award playing York in a movie. York said it was only 9 killed and 40 prisoners.
After the war he was offered movies, Broadway roles, the works, but he turned it all down and went home to Tennessee.
The State bought him a farm and a home. Problem was, they didn’t pay for all of it, and York went broke. He owed the IRS a boatload and they hounded him all his life. York worked to build better education in the south but he never found financial rewards. President John Kennedy made the IRS get off his back in 1968 and York died a couple years later. His road after the war was a tough one.
Audie Murphy – Second Lieutenant Murphy – was the most decorated soldier in US history.
Hollywood made him a movie star after the war. His career in film last two decades and 44 movies. He had a few hits, but ended with B cowboy films. Murphy, like Meyer and York saw war as worthless. Men die for nothing really. Murphy was in the one war that did matter, WWII. Still his life was not all that wonderful. He was addicted to pills (dope), his wife said. He suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, common today. Audie was a depressed, mean tempered, very unhappy man.
He too went broke and took bankruptcy in 1968. Audie died young his plane crashed in 1971, he was 47.
I worked with two war hero’s, my former partner in crime Don Woodbeck and James Wjoyt. Both were decorated, not with the medal of Honor, but close enough. They came home from Vietnam with nothing and they got nothing. I worked on stings with them both. It’s no excuse for them becoming outlaws, but man were they brave and tough. In our final sting together both men were shot in the back and died, Woodbeck was 34 and Jim was 33.
I love this country.
I too would fight for it. We do alot of things that are wrong, but we are still the best. All those brave men would do it all over again, even knowing that their lives would not be the best afterwards.
That’s what makes them so God Damn Brave. Americans.