Obama Has Beer With Medal of Honor Marine
Dakota Meyer will be recognized at ceremony today
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 15, 2011 10:49 AM CDT
A Nov. 10, 2010 photo provided by the Marine Corps Times shows former U.S. Marine Cpl. Dakota Meyer, at Marine Corps Base Quantico in Quantico, Va.   (AP Photo/Marine Corps Times, Rob Curtis)
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(Newser) – At just 21 years old, Dakota Meyer charged into a firefight in Afghanistan—five times—to save 36 lives from an ambush, and today he will become the first living Marine to receive the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War. But before the ceremony honoring his actions on September 8, 2009, Meyer wanted something else: the chance to have a beer with the president. They did just that on a patio outside the Oval Office yesterday, reports CBS News.

During the meeting, Meyer asked the president for advice on how to achieve success. "He said, 'You know, first thing, get an education and he said just take it slow and don't try to make any rash decisions,'" Meyer tells CBS. Meyer, who was injured in the 2009 ambush, also pulled the bodies of dead comrades from the combat zone, NPR notes. He says that it's "really tough" to be recognized for what he calls the worst day of his life. During his ceremony, at his request, Meyer's fallen friends will also be remembered in hometown ceremonies.