Corporal Meyer maintained security at a
patrol rally point while other members of
of Afghan National Army and Border
Police into the village of Ganjgal for a pre-dawn meeting with village
elders Moving into the village, the patrol was ambushed by more
than 50 enemy ﬁghters ﬁring rocket propelled grenades, mortars,
and machine guns from houses and fortiﬁed positions on the slopes
above Hearing over the radio that four U.S. team members were cut
off, Corporal Meyer seized the initiative. With a fellow Marine driving,
Corporal Meyer took the exposed gunner's position in a gun-truck as
they drove down the steeply terraced terrain in a daring attempt to
disrupt the enemy attack and locate the trapped U.S. team.
Disregarding intense enemy ﬁre now concentrated on their lone
vehicle, Corporal Meyer killed a number of enemy ﬁghters with the
mounted machine guns and his riﬂe, some at near point blank range,
as he and his driver made three solo trips into the ambush area.
During the ﬁrst two trips, he and his driver evacuated two dozen
Afghan soldiers, many of whom were wounded. When one machine
gun became inoperable, he directed a return to the rally point to
switch to another gun-truck for a third trip into the ambush area
where his accurate ﬁre directly supported the remaining U.S.
personnel and Afghan soldiers ﬁghting their way out of the ambush.
Despite a shrapnel wound to his arm, Corporal Meyer made two
more trips into the ambush area in a third gun-truck accompanied by
four other Afghan vehicles to recover more wounded Afghan
soldiers and search forthe missing U.S. team members. Still under
heavy enemy ﬁre. he dismounted the vehicle on the ﬁfth trip and
moved on foot to locate and recover the bodies of his team
members. Corporal Meyer's daring initiative and bold ﬁghting spirit
throughout the 6-hour battle signiﬁcantly disrupted the enemy's
attack and inspired the members of the combined force to ﬁght on.
His unwavering courage and steadfast devotion to his U.S. and
Afghan comrades in the face of almost certain death reﬂected great
credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine