Dakota Meyer blasts Army brass in new book

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  1. bruno

    bruno Retired Staff Member

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    Luigi59 Banned

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    An even more interesting read is the story of Army Capt. William Swenson, whose MOH nomination for the same battle was somehow "lost" while Meyers nomination sailed through.

    http://seattletimes.com/html/nationworld/2018863456_medalofhonor07.html

    A key excerpt:

     
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    The Marine Times had a similar article.
     
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    The Army Times article was well written, and I expect the same of Meyer's book, co-written by Bing West. It will be read in my house.

    A few weeks ago while at Fort Benning I toured the National Infantry Museum. If you are in the area, I recommend a trip to this moving tribute. After attempting to figure which one in the Ranger Hall of Honor was SP's grandfather, I visited the Medal of Honor gallery. I remember remarking how comparatively few medals had been awarded over the last 30 years, attributing this to the superior training and overwhelming technological advantage our armed forces have had in the relatively few major conflicts. Now, another reason surfaces: misplaced packets.
     
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    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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    Extreme events tend to distort perception, whether you know it or not.
    http://www.aele.org/law/2008FPAUG/wb-19.pdf (article on police officer involved shootings and the effects)

    I wouldn't doubt that there are some conflicting memories coming out of that firefight. If there are several similar stories, from different sources, you can reasonably infer that something quite close to those versions occurred. Unless you have multi-angle video and audio, it would be hard to say with certainty exactly what happened.
     
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    True, and probably just a coincidence that one version was "lost" to make sure the "other" version had no conflicting information or details.

    The old adage of "dead men tell no tales" can also be interpreted as "lost files create no inter-service conflict or distorted perception of the 'true' account."
     
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    I got a hearty laugh out of the notion of a "computerized awards system." Bit of an overstatement there...
     
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    Luigi,

    I do not often agree with you, but there have been other instances of the military supporting a story they knew to be wrong. Sadly it often obscures the actions of those who deserve credit for their courage.

    http://militarytimes.com/valor/army-sgt-donald-ralph-walters/256530/

    As Ramius says, perceptions can be altered by stressful situations, hopefully that is more the reason for the discrepancy in the story about Meyer than a cynical attempt at creating a heroic narrative.
     

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