- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am sorry to see that the Marines are alleged to have inflated the record in order to get Dakota Meyer a Medal of Honor. This guy simply does not deserve all he is going through. Anyway, here is the USMC response.
My initial thought is people would be shocked at how political the MoH is. Yesterday I was looking at an Army study of the awarding of the medal in World War II. There is a section on how MacArthur, jealous of subordinates, sat on a bunch of nominations until, near the end of the war, George Marshall flatly ordered him to send the paperwork to Washington. At the same time, Marshall gave MacArthur himself a MoH for leaving the Philippines, in part to shield him from allied skepticism and allegations of cowardice for leaving his troops.