Gary Sinise (left) hands a back pack to an Afghan child Nov. 23, 2009. Mr. Sinise stopped at the school, on his way to Forward Operating Base Goshta, to hand out back packs full of school supplies, shoes and other necessities to local children
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Thursday bestowed the highest U.S. military honor on Dakota Meyer, a young and humble Marine who defied orders and barreled straight into a ferocious "killing zone" in Afghanistan to save 36 lives at extraordinary risk to himself.
When I first saw this picture, I thought that the man carrying the children was their father. Now I realize that he was not related to them by blood, but by nationality. He is an American. They are American children. He is not their father, he is their protector. He’s a United States Marine.”