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Medal of Honor Recepient Dakota Meyer and Gunnery Sgt Aaron M Kenefick, USMC GanjgalTim King Salem-News.com
If the U.S. Army had had its way, there would have been no survivors at all
(SACRAMENTO) - Dakota Meyer grew up as a country boy amongst the corn and tobacco fields in the rolling hills and lush farmland of Columbia, Kentucky.
He was awarded the Medal of Honor, our nation’s highest honor for courage and valor, during a terrible event in Afghanistan just more than four years ago. As a result, he was thrust into the spotlight of celebrity. He says nothing in his world could feel less heroic or less honorable than that.
One of his best friends was Marine Staff Sergeant Aaron Kenefick, posthumously promoted to Gunnery Sergeant, who was killed in an ambush at Ganjgal village in Afghanistan's Kunar province. Sent to Ganjgal to conduct a meeting with village elders, four Marines led a group of 45 US Army and Afghan National Army soldiers into a melee of deadly fire.
On this particular morning, the 8th September 2009, the U.S. Army relieved the 'TOC' or communications center that was responsible for guiding these military forces and providing support. Falling under heavy attack the moment they entered Ganjgal, the men called in desperation and the US Army refused to offer air or artillery support.
The Marines sustained fire for a long period, US Army helicopter pilots who responded to the attack were ordered not to aid the stricken Marines and soldiers. It is indeed one of the dirtiest battles that the U.S. military has ever taken part in. For some reason, the U.S. Army refused to support those four Marines, all of whom were killed that morning.
In his book about the battle at Ganjgal, Dakota Meyer reveals that U.S. drones had observed large numbers of jihadists heading to Ganjgal that morning with heavy weapons. In the end it was a blatant set up and we speculate that it happened because Marine Aaron Kenefick, who had been a CIA asset, aiding U.S. Army General Mark Kimmitt during the heavy months of the Iraq war, had dirt on Kimmitt that posed career destroying significance.
Regardless, Marine Dakota Meyer and U.S. Army Captain Will Swenson defied orders and rescued numerous U.S. and Afghan soldiers that day. If the U.S. Army had had its way, there would have been no survivors at all
Special thanks to the NRA for this tribute: http://www.nralifeofduty.tv/home/video/highest-honor-trailer
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