WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is standing by his award of the Medal of Honor to a Marine in the Afghan War, despite a published report charging exaggerations and untruths in the official account of his bravery.
Obama presented the award to Marine Sgt. Dakota Meyer on Sept. 15, calling him the “best of a generation” that joined the military after 9/11. He described the day in 2009 when Meyer braved enemy fire in eastern Afghanistan to save U.S. and Afghan comrades.
But McClatchy Newspapers said its review of documents turned up numerous assertions that are “untrue, unsubstantiated or exaggerated.”
Press Secretary Jay Carney said Thursday the award was based on sworn testimony, reviewed by the Marine Corps, and Obama “remains very proud” of Meyer and his “remarkable acts of bravery.”