Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer consented to press interviews so people would know the story of the teammates who didn’t survive the ambush in Kunar Province, Afghanistan.
The men Meyer wants the world to remember are Lt. Michael Johnson, Staff Sgt. Aaron Kenefick, Gunnery Sgt Edwin Johnson and Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class James Layton.
At his request, they will be memorialized at hometown ceremonies while he is awarded the nation’s highest honor for bravery during a White House ceremony Thursday with President Obama..
“Those guys gave their lives so you have to remind (the public) everyday. You know, that’s the least you can do,” said Meyer, who killed eight Taliban fighters, some at close range.
But Meyer, who spoke with reporters recently at his grandfather Dwight Meyer’s farm, does not particularly care for the limelight, Lt.. Col. Chris Hughes, who coordinated media requests, warned all of the reporters coming and going from the interviews.