Medal of Honor winner helping Ky. tornado victims

President Obama presents the Medal of Honor to Dakota Meyer.

President Obama presents the Medal of Honor to Dakota Meyer.

WEST LIBERTY, Ky. (AP) - Medal of Honor winner Dakota Meyer, a
Kentucky marine credited with saving 13 American and 23 Afghan
soldiers' lives in a grueling 2009 battle, says destruction from
tornadoes that devastated parts of eastern Kentucky is the worst
thing he's ever seen.

The 23-year-old Meyer said Monday that he and four friends
hauled heavy equipment almost 200 miles to a remote area outside
hard-hit West Liberty in Morgan County, where on Monday they were
clearing debris from a narrow road.

They were volunteering their time and had financed much of the
trip themselves, joining volunteers from across the country who
descended on the small town after tornadoes swept through March 2,
killing 23 people in Kentucky.

In September, Meyer was awarded the military's highest honor in
a White House ceremony.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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