Ky. police: Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer attacked

By MEGAN MCCLOSKEY | STARS AND STRIPES Published: December 13, 2012

Medal of Honor recipient Dakota Meyer was allegedly assaulted at a party last weekend in Kentucky, and state police arrested a suspect Thursday.

The 18-year-old, Kanissa Thompson, has been charged with 2nd-degree assault and is being held in the county jail, according to a police statement. 

Meyer, a former Marine who is from Kentucky, was treated at a local hospital and released. 

The state police received a call about the incident shortly after midnight on Saturday night at a large reception hall in a barn near Columbia, Ky., that is rented out for parties, such as weddings, said Trooper Billy Gregory, a spokesman for the Kentucky State Police.

Meyer, 24, earned the nation’s highest honor for valor in combat during an ambush in Afghanistan in 2009, in which the then-corporal ran five times into intense enemy gunfire to help save the lives of 36 men and retrieve the bodies of four fallen American servicemembers.

Meyer was the first living Marine to receive the medal since Vietnam.


Dakota Meyer, a former active duty Marine Corps Corporal, after receiving the Medal of Honor, September 15, 2011.


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