Oresko and Meyer: Generations of Valor

Posted November 19th, 2011 by Iron Mike

Our oldest and youngest living MoH recipients.

Jan 23rd 1945 – 28 year old Army Master Sergeant Nicholas Oresko leading a platoon of Company C, 302nd Infantry, 94th Infantry Division was pinned down by intense machinegun fire from German bunkers near Tettington, Germany.

He crawled forward alone and defeated the first one with hand grenades and rifle fire – receiving a severe hip wound in the process from the second bunker. Despite his wound he crawled to the second bunker and dispatched it in similar manner. Awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor by President Truman at the White House that October.

Now 94, he lives in Cresskill, New Jersey.

Sept 8th 2009 near Ganjgal Village, Kunar Providence, Afghanistan, 21-year old Marine Corporal Dakota Meyer, a member of Embedded Training Team 2-8, learned that a Marine patrol was had been ambushed and that fellow Marines were missing.

Four times Corporal Mayer and Staff Sergeant Juan Rodriguez-Chavez were denied permission to go into the fight. Then ignoring orders, they jumped into a Humvee, with Cpl Meyer manning the turret and Rodriguez-Chavez at the wheel they charged into the heart of the kill zone – a U-shaped ambush by at least 50 Taliban fighters. He located and recovered the bodies of three Marines and a Navy Corpsman, then mounted a gun truck to attack the Taliban and help cover the withdrawal of his fellow Marines and Afghan soldiers.

Four separate times over the six-hour battle he charged up a kilometer of dirt road into the heart of the kill zone, turning the tide of the battle. He personally killed at least 8 Taliban, evacuated 12 friendly wounded, and provided cover for the remaining 24 Marines and friendlies to leave the kill zone. On his third trip his truck was so badly damaged he was forced to switch trucks. On his fourth trip – despite being wounded he dismounted and searched house to house to recover wounded and dead comrades.

Today Sergeant Meyer, USMCR-MoH lives in Greensburg, KY.

Thank God this country still produces men of such character and courage! May the rest of us be worthy of them.


2 Responses to “Oresko and Meyer: Generations of Valor”

  1. DannaP

    Semper Fidelis, Sgt. Meyer. God bless you Master Sgt. Oresko.

  2. TeaTime

    We have a lot to be thankful for.
    Bless them both.