Marine hero Dakota Meyer launches new blog


Dakota Meyer posted this photograph to his new blog after sustaining a cheek wound while assisting in tornado relief in his native Kentucky. (Courtesy Actions Not Words)

Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer has had a busy year since receiving the nation’s highest valor award in a ceremony at the White House in September.

Mostly, his work has focused on public speaking appearances and raising money for the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation. However, he’s also become perhaps the first Medal of Honor recipient to actively engage the public on social networking sites, including Facebook and Twitter.

On top of that, he’s now added a blog outlining some of his work. “Actions Not Words” was launched March 16, and has been used since to highlight tornado relief work in which he and others have participated in West Liberty, Ky.

The photograph above shows Meyer after he “almost lost my head to a tree limb” that crashed into the cab of his Bobcat earthmover during relief work, he wrote this week. The sight is about 180 miles from his hometown of Greensburg.

Meyer, now a sergeant in the Individual Ready Reserve, is credited with charging into an open kill zone multiple times on Sept. 8, 2009, in Ganjgal, Afghanistan, in an attempt to save four missing members of his embedded training team.

I’ve reached out to Meyer to get his thoughts on launching the blog and the sights in West Liberty. I’ll add more here soon if I hear from him.


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  1. Toni Ritchie on

    Dakota , my name is Toni obviously and I did not know where else to contact you but I have been chatting with someone pretending to be you and finally confronted him today I do have all chats captured…My son is in us army and I salute all military men and women …Feel free to contact me if you would like contact phone # I will gladly give it to you

  2. Sir, I thank you for your service to our Great Nation. I further commend you for the actions you are taking in helping the tornado victims. You selfless actions are a shinning example of a member of our Armed Forces. I am a retired AF NCO and serve as a County VSO serving veterans and their families. My service does not hold a candle to what you and many others have done for those in Kentucky. I am proud to Call you my Brother in Arms – Semper Fi

  3. i was chatting w/ a man pretending to be you and even send me some of your pictures . he pretend to be inlove w/ me and i felt it wasnt the real dakota meyer im chatting. bcoz he is now in afghan ..and you are in your home town…..omg //////////////////////

  4. just a man prtending to be dakota meyer a us military assigned in afghan is chatting w/ me tell now ..i know hes not the real one that is why i search about . now i know this man is fake the one im chatting now

  5. i was contacted on by a man impersonating you this contact has goon on for sev weeks he ask me to marry and had emails sent to me from fake commanders and generals . I went as far as borrowing 2500.00 to send him in afghanastan to come home to marry . went into army recruiting office and real sargeant pulled you up on comp I nearly died wanted you to know Myyearbook .com doesnt seem to care I reported it twice to them this man is now treatning me perm emails

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