Hawaii News Heroic behavior By William Cole July 22, 2011 Mahalo for supporting Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Enjoy this free story! ASSOCIATED PRESS / MARINE CORPS TIMESFormer U.S. Marine Cpl. Dakota Meyer Read more Mahalo for reading the Honolulu Star-Advertiser! You're reading a premium story. Read the full story with our Print & Digital Subscription. Subscribe Now Read this story for free: Watch an ad or complete a survey Log In Already a subscriber? Log in now to continue reading this story. Activate Digital Account Print subscriber but without online access? Activate your Digital Account now. A former Hawaii Marine will become the first living Marine Corps recipient of the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War, according to published accounts. The Associated Press reported that President Barack Obama will present the award to Dakota Meyer for his bravery in Afghanistan in 2009. Meyer ran through intense gunfire in a three-sided ambush in an attempt to rescue three fellow Marines and a Navy corpsman who were pinned down, reports said. He had been wounded by shrapnel in the elbow on two previous attempts to rescue the Americans using an armored vehicle that was repelled both times by bullets and rocket-propelled grenades. Meyer was assigned to Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe Bay and the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment. He had deployed to Iraq with the unit around 2007, his father, Mike Meyer, previously said. "Somebody asked him, would he be interested in going to Afghanistan?" Mike Meyer said. "I think he had 15 minutes to decide yea or nay. He knew that Iraq was winding down, and he jumped at the chance to go to Afghanistan." Meyer’s mother, Felicia Gilliam, said Thursday from Campbellsville, Ky., "We are very proud of him." Meyer was part of what is known as an "embedded training team" working with Afghan counterparts. On Sept. 8, 2009, 60 Afghan soldiers, 20 border police and 13 Marine and Army trainers were ambushed in Kunar province six miles from the Pakistani border, according to a McClatchy Newspapers reporter who was along. Even though he was wounded in the elbow, Meyer sprinted into what had become a kill zone to help his friends, the Marine Corps Times reported. He found the three Marines and the corpsman dead, but while still under fire, Meyer carried the bodies back to a Humvee with the aid of Afghan troops, the newspaper said. Meyer, 23, left the Marine Corps in 2010 and is living in his home state of Kentucky. In November, following his nomination for the medal, he told the Star-Advertiser by phone that he considered himself "the farthest thing from a hero." "Of course, it would be an honor" to receive the Medal of Honor, he said, "but it would be for my guys — it’s not for me." Only two living recipients — Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta and Army Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry — have received the award for actions in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Associated Press said. Meyer was contacted by Obama on Monday, the Marine Corps Times reported. The newspaper said Meyer will be the first living Marine recipient of the nation’s highest award for valor since now-retired Sgt. Maj. Allan Kellogg received the medal for his actions in Vietnam. Kellogg, who lives in Kailua, threw himself on a grenade in combat in 1970, saving about six of his fellow Marines. Previous Story Police and Fire Next Story 'A MADMAN'S WORK'