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Marine is awarded rare Medal of Honor at White House

Cpl. Dakota L. Meyer of Kentucky defied orders and braved enemy fire in Afghanistan to save his comrades.

By David S. Cloud and Alexa Vaughn, Washington Bureau

September 15, 2011, 6:26 p.m.
Reporting from Washington—
The desperate call crackled over the radio in predawn darkness: A small team of American and Afghan troops was pinned down in a remote village under withering fire from three sides. A young lieutenant was begging for artillery or air support. Without it, he yelled, "we are going to die out here."

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