story by: Dan Lamothe
photo courtesy of: Thomas Brown
Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer attempted to kill himself in 2010, one year before he became the first living Marine in 38 years to receive the nation’s highest valor award.
That acknowledgement is among several jarring revelations in a new book written by Meyer and best-selling author Bing West. “Into the Fire: A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War,” due to be published Sept. 25, chronicles Meyer’s childhood in Kentucky, his time in the Marine Corps and the disastrous mission on Sept. 8, 2009, that saw Meyer and his team of U.S. and Afghan troops ambushed, overrun and trapped for hours without any help.
Meyer, 24, is now a sergeant in the Individual Ready Reserve. He received the Medal of Honor from President Obama in September for braving enemy fire multiple times that day in an attempt to locate and rescue four missing members of his team. A corporal at the time, he found the men dead in a hillside trench and helped carry the bodies out of the valley.
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