Medal of Honor recipient victim of assault
President Obama awards Sgt. Dakota Meyer the Medal of Honor for his bravery in Afghanistan
December 13th, 2012
06:13 PM ET

Medal of Honor recipient victim of assault

By Larry Shaughnessy

Dakota Meyer, one of America's most-recent Medal of Honor recipients, was the victim in an altercation that left him with minor injuries, Kentucky authorities said Thursday.

Meyer was taken to Westlake Hospital early Sunday morning after a scuffle at the Red Barn Event Center near his home in Columbia, according to Trooper 1st Class Billy Gregory of Kentucky State Police.

Meyer, 24, was treated and released. There was no word on what instigated the incident.

State police Thursday arrested 18-year-old Kanissa'a Thompson of Columbia and charged him with second-degree assault.

The Event Center, located in a dry county in south-central Kentucky, was hosting a party celebrating nearby Lindsey Wilson College women's soccer national championship.

In September 2011, President Barack Obama awarded Meyer the nation's highest military decoration for risking his life to save 36 U.S. and Afghan troops caught in a blistering firefight.

Meyer was promoted to sergeant before he left the Marines.

CNN attempted to contact Meyer through his book publisher, but had not received a response late Thursday afternoon.

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  1. BostonSteve

    Why is this not being reported as a hate crime? Black on white crime.

    December 14, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Reply
  2. Joe B

    Amazing to see some of the uneducated comments on this board. It appears that every story turns into a right versus left thing. This is why we need to do away with the two party system because people need to select leaders on qualifications, not party. This is why the county is heading towards destruction. Drop party politicis and come back to the center if we want to improve this country.

    December 14, 2012 at 9:52 am | Reply
  3. Jeremy Ellis

    I hope the Sgt. is doing fine. Speaking as a veteran, I am a bit appauld by the altercation toward an MOH winner, but I have no idea what the altercation was about. To fellow vets and current brothers and sisters at arms on here, bickering about who is better, stronger, whatever, we all fought the same fight. Show some respect for those who you served with and those you served for and just belong to the band of brothers and sisters who do an did what we chose to do for our country. God bless America and her citizens.

    December 14, 2012 at 9:24 am | Reply
    • awp

      Uh, Jeremy, how would anyone know that he's a MOH winner? I doubt he goes around in public wearing it around his neck.

      December 14, 2012 at 9:48 am | Reply
  4. Gunnery Sgt. Hartlove

    Sgt. Meyer, why are you not stomping Mr. Thompson's guts out?!?!?

    December 14, 2012 at 8:34 am | Reply
    • Joel

      Very funny

      January 12, 2013 at 11:47 am | Reply
  5. fiftyfive55

    Medal of Honor and this altercation are two different stories as the fight was not about medals or military but from the event it was in,the fight was most likely over a woman.Shame on the media for exploiting this story into something it's not,just like the Martin/Zimmerman case.

    December 14, 2012 at 8:02 am | Reply
  6. Mark

    First of all, the guy ought to be happy to be alive. He attacked a combat experienced Marine. I think that there's a lot to be said for Sgt.Meyer not handing this idiot his guts on a silver platter! I'm pretty sure that Sgt. Meyer held back so as to not bring a negative light on himself,the MOH and the Corps!

    December 14, 2012 at 7:59 am | Reply
    • fiftyfive55

      Seen alot of ex military get their buts handed to them in Chicago bars , the streets turn out some pretty tough hombres

      December 14, 2012 at 8:04 am | Reply
      • Duc749

        So does the Helmand Province. I'll put any one of my squads of Marines against your "hombres" any day or night of the week.

        Go back to XBox. Leave the real fighting to us.

        December 14, 2012 at 8:38 am |
      • fiftyfive55

        @duc749-so you need a squad to overcome just one guy,huh?

        December 14, 2012 at 8:46 am |
      • Lucas Shaffer

        to Duc 749: I would take myself and all my buddies that got kicked out of AF for being over weight against your Marine squad. Marines are bad ass at war but you put them in a bar room fight situation and they don't know how to act. Especially when they are alone talking all the trash how bad ass they are. I respect the marines for what they do and what they have to go through but what marines think they are when they are at a bar is a whole different thing. You dont have your guns, kevlar and 12 inch knives to get you going. Again I respect you but dont start trash talking about bar fights because you are a marine

        December 14, 2012 at 8:50 am |
      • flybd5

        Amazing how stories like this bring out the wannabe "men" from under their rocks. As if anyone gives a flying intercourse what the street of Chicago produces.

        December 14, 2012 at 8:58 am |
      • Former Marine

        Ha ha ha!! lucas, don't get mad just because the Marine Corps wouldn't take you. Not everyone can be a Marine man.

        December 14, 2012 at 9:31 am |
    • Allen

      You know this how? Just because someone is a combat veteran, doesn't make them some sort of super soldier who can kick butt and chew bubble gum all day long. They're normal people just like everyone else. When I was in the Army and still in basic training, one of the drill sergeants in the neighboring company had been present during the Battle of Mogadishu. He was actually portrayed in the movie Blackhawk Down by Ewan McGregor. Granted they changed his name as the real person was named Stebbins, and not Grimes. You can look up why his name was changed if you want. In any event, he won the Silver Star for his actions there, and while he was a fair sized person, he wasn't anything special.

      December 14, 2012 at 8:23 am | Reply
  7. US = Cultural Marxism

    Wonder how he feels about risking his neck for a multicultural dunghole of a country?

    December 14, 2012 at 7:37 am | Reply
    • dave

      It used to be a nice place.

      December 14, 2012 at 7:44 am | Reply
    • YouAreTheProblem

      From the tone of your post, it certainly sounds like you contribute the problems of this country. Quit whining so much and do something if it bothers you!

      December 14, 2012 at 8:03 am | Reply
    • Jack 63

      He'd probably tell you your welcome for the right to call this country a dunghole. He did after all defend that right. He'd probably also tell you that if you truly want to see a dunghole of a country then go to the ones he has been to.

      December 14, 2012 at 10:01 am | Reply
  8. Missy

    I love it when these left wingers get on here and blame everything on Pres Bush!! It cracks me up! Obama is not responsible for anything at all! Certainly not for completely ignoring our Americans cries for help in Syria huh?! Gosh no! Couldn't be! Oh right, it wasn't his fault he was on vacation or was he at one of his weekly regular million dollar parties! Oh no that's right he was on vacation so it wasn't his responsibility to send help to our embassy in Syria while they were begging for help which was near by and they were under attack and being murdered! Please shut up already with your whining and playing the blame game. Remember this is an article about a Marine who was attacked!

    December 14, 2012 at 4:53 am | Reply
    • DaTruth

      Syria? lol. retard. it was Libya. you're just like Romney, you have no idea what you are talking about.

      December 14, 2012 at 6:00 am | Reply
      • tcp

        Is it really necessary for you to use the word retard? It only serves to make you look ignorant and stupid.

        December 14, 2012 at 7:10 am |
      • YouAreTheProblem

        You are a retard tcp. Go back to your Glee re-runs.

        December 14, 2012 at 8:04 am |
      • Bob

        You are so right ... It was Lebanon where our president left those people helpless to die. Showed him!

        December 14, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
      • Bob

        LOL

        December 14, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
      • Kevin

        Yo mama doesn't know what she's talking about.

        December 16, 2012 at 11:09 pm |
  9. LoganWon

    You know the guy that attacked this hero was a pavement ape.

    December 14, 2012 at 3:57 am | Reply
    • ToldUso

      Of which are you most proud? Your ignorance, your racism, or the brother-son you made with your mother-wife?

      December 14, 2012 at 7:35 am | Reply
  10. alligator face

    only punks and idiotic cowards think that INFORMING is called snitching.....each and every one of the people who call it "snitching" are they themselves degenerate worthless human beings who will likely never amount to anything.

    December 14, 2012 at 3:01 am | Reply
    • LoganWon

      You know the punk would look like obongo's son.

      December 14, 2012 at 3:58 am | Reply
      • Missy

        Not true! Not true AT all!!!!!

        December 14, 2012 at 4:25 am |
    • Dude

      I love the irony of someone wearing a "Don't snitch" tee shirt complaining that the police don't solve crimes.

      December 14, 2012 at 4:22 am | Reply
    • leo

      I am willing to bet that this thompson character is a street tough.funny thing is,he dosent have the parts to go and serve overseas like the MOH soldier he assaulted, thompson has a long hard life ahead of him,but he will never be a contender.

      December 14, 2012 at 7:38 am | Reply
  11. bribarian

    Is Obongo sporting wood in that photo?

    December 14, 2012 at 2:51 am | Reply
    • ArmyCSM

      All the wood you imagine is between your ears.

      December 14, 2012 at 3:55 am | Reply
  12. cscann

    BILLY FOOL..18 year older? Really Billy Fool... looks like your key board kicked your ass.

    December 14, 2012 at 1:25 am | Reply
  13. John

    Hey Billy Poole... got any naked pictures of your mum?

    December 14, 2012 at 12:57 am | Reply
  14. flybd5

    Hey Billy Poole... ässwïpë, takes a real man to mouth off about Marines from behind a keyboard, eh? Why don't you try that in front of a real Marine, boi? LMAO! Get your sorry behind behind mama's dress, where it belongs.

    December 14, 2012 at 12:33 am | Reply
  15. Billy Poole

    Is that what the Marines teach now? To become a Snitch and a coward??

    December 14, 2012 at 12:29 am | Reply
    • Rye

      You sound like a man with a grudge who has never accomplished anything significant in his life. I pity you.

      December 14, 2012 at 12:45 am | Reply
      • Andrew

        Don't feed the troll. He just wants attention

        December 14, 2012 at 1:48 am |
    • Bill

      Calling a Medal of Honor recipient a coward.

      That has got to be the dumbest thing I've ever read in my entire life.

      Grats.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:17 am | Reply
    • cscann

      BILLY FOOL

      December 14, 2012 at 1:26 am | Reply
    • Check yourself

      Billy, a SNITCH is a criminal who is caught by police and tries to get a lesser punishment by agreeing to give testimony about other criminals activities. Also known as a criminal informant.

      An ordinary person or victim who reports information to police for the purpose of assisting them in apprehending a criminal is just a concerned citizen doing their jobs, which is commendable. The term snitch certainly does not apply.

      Why there are so many silly people who misuse the word snitch and have no idea what it means is a mystery, but I have to attribute it to mass ignorance spread by the hip-hop culture, as that seems to be where the word is used most often.

      December 14, 2012 at 5:43 am | Reply
    • tcp

      Ever wear the uniform Billy? Ever been to combat Billy? Ever seen a friend die in combat Billy? Ever done ANYTHING of import Billy?

      December 14, 2012 at 7:13 am | Reply
      • fiftyfive55

        Billy aint the one who got smacked around now,is he ?

        December 14, 2012 at 8:09 am |
    • Kevin

      They need to teach yo mama.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:10 pm | Reply
    • John

      Yeah, ran into a firefight in the desert to save 36 men. Sounds like a coward to me.

      December 18, 2012 at 10:10 am | Reply
  16. Billy Poole

    medal of Honor and then snitches like a true coward would!!

    December 14, 2012 at 12:28 am | Reply
    • 33 1/2 years and still serving

      The guy who caled you FOOL is bang on. Hey punk...you use the word...COWARD. Ummmm...I don't recall your COWARDLY name on any manifests coming in country. What's that? Oh right...you were and ARE too COWARDLY to serve. Just stick to hiding behind mommy's skirt, like the little COWARD that your are. The military is not for everyone, because if I had ever seen you come thru Recruiting...I would have literally kicked your COWARDLY ass to the curb. You are the worst kind of waste of flesh in the nation. A**sholes like you need to be taken out. And I don't mean for dinner. Because you COWARDLY CHOSE not to enlist when you could have, you have no right to breathe on my planet.

      January 13, 2013 at 5:20 pm | Reply
  17. Billy Poole

    the marine got his Butt kicked!!! lmfao!!

    December 14, 2012 at 12:27 am | Reply
    • cscann

      HEY BILLY FOOL...

      December 14, 2012 at 1:22 am | Reply
    • KevinP

      Probably lucky for the kid the Marine had already killed his life quota of air thieves.

      December 14, 2012 at 7:18 am | Reply
    • THe Richards

      That Marine is more man than you could ever dream of being

      December 14, 2012 at 9:22 am | Reply
  18. L4

    Wow, A Marine got into a fight. That's new!

    December 14, 2012 at 12:26 am | Reply
  19. Billy Poole

    this marine is gay!! and a coward for snitching!!

    December 14, 2012 at 12:25 am | Reply
    • Check yourself

      a SNITCH is a criminal who is caught by police and tries to get a lesser punishment by agreeing to give testimony about other criminals activities. Also known as a criminal informant.

      An ordinary person or victim who reports information to police for the purpose of assisting them in apprehending a criminal is just a concerned citizen doing their jobs, which is commendable. Marines are trained to help protect American lives, and helping get a violent criminal off the street is in the same spirit of service.

      Why there are so many silly people who misuse the word snitch and have no idea what it means is a mystery, but I have to attribute it to mass ignorance spread by the hip-hop culture, as that seems to be where the word is used most often.

      December 14, 2012 at 5:57 am | Reply
      • dave

        Snitch has evolved into "anyone co-operating with police".

        December 14, 2012 at 7:46 am |
    • Kevin

      Yo mama is a snitch.

      December 16, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Reply
    • HK

      Billy Fool! You are helpless. Feel sorry for you.

      January 12, 2013 at 11:16 am | Reply
  20. Billy Poole

    this marine is a coward for telling on someone

    December 14, 2012 at 12:25 am | Reply
  21. Billy Poole

    this marine is a girl for getting his but kicked by a 18 year older, lol!!

    December 14, 2012 at 12:24 am | Reply
    • cscann

      18 year older? Really Billy Fool... looks like your key board kicked your ass.

      December 14, 2012 at 1:24 am | Reply
  22. scott

    There are a few things in this life that should get you an autmated trip to hell and a long prison sentence!.... cheating on your spouse while they are deployed.treason. and knowingly assaulting a CMOH reciepient without provocation!

    December 14, 2012 at 12:08 am | Reply
    • Gunnery Sgt. Hartlove

      It's MOH, not CMOH.

      December 14, 2012 at 8:35 am | Reply
  23. AbleWitness

    Africans have 1.5x the human growth hormone levels as those of Europeans. This is why they are better in sports and more dangerous in fights. However, having these levels of growth hormones lowers their survival rates when they develop cancer.

    December 13, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Reply
    • the Marquis

      What are you talking about? You are an absolute idiot.

      December 14, 2012 at 12:18 am | Reply
      • Jain Dines

        There are differences between blacks and whites in this regard. For example, blacks have naturally higher testosterone levels, which has all manner of behavioral and developmental implications. Don't take my word for it. Google it. You say this, people shriek and howl and scream and chant "racist" until they take a break and realize it's a fact.

        December 14, 2012 at 3:55 am |
  24. Byron

    May God bless Dakota Meyer, a true hero. God help Kanissa'a Thompson.

    December 13, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Reply
  25. NM VET

    ZERO - Oh what an uninformed liberal tool you are. More Military and Civilians have been killed and maimed under Obozo that in all the preceding years combined. If he is such a dove and opposed to the conflict in the middle east he would have ended our involvement during his first two years when he had total control of the government. Now to the Marine MOH recipient, Marines are given the tools to bring decisive fight to the enemy and discipline to exercise discretion and restraint. My salute to the man for exercising both and allowing the proper authorities to handle the issue of a street punk looking for "cred". Hope he likes bubba in jail.

    December 13, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Reply
    • waheid

      To say you are uninformed would be an understatement. How many people – Americans and Iraqis – died in George Bush's war? And who was it that ordered the invasion of Afghanistan? (Answer for you Conservatives who seem to have a short memory: George W. Bush.) And while he was playing the role of commander-in-chief, he was also driving the country into bankruptcy. (In case you have forgotten, Bush never included the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan in his budget and that is the source of most of the federal deficit today.) Obama has ordered the withdrawal of combat troops from Afghanistan by 2014 and he has resisted calls for interfering in Syria.

      December 13, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Reply
      • Rusty

        So why hasn't your lord and savior obongo got all the troops out if it ain't his war????

        December 14, 2012 at 1:16 am |
      • John

        September 11, 2001. After that, the president sent troops to Afghanistan to drive out the terrorists. If he didn't, bin Laden would have attacked more, more innocent Americans would have died, and he would still be alive today. Don't talk about something until you know why we did what we did.

        December 18, 2012 at 10:16 am |
    • retphxfire

      I hate it when I have to feel ashamed of a self-identified vet, but I am ashamed of you. First, let's just look at one aspect of Bush's war 'plan' (sic) – sending in troops WITHOUT a plan and with inadequate resources and PPE, allowing time for the Taliban to regroup and build. The wars in the Middle East are Bush's wars, he lied to the American people in order to justify invading Iraq, he was responsible for the big 2007 surge in troops while the improvised war methodology was low, Obama led a surge with the increased IED attacks and need for more US personnel self-protection, the enemy increased sophistication and fighting escalation has nothing to do with the current President, but the withdrawals do, What is it about extreme right wingers that has them insisting on a self-inflicted ignorance?

      December 13, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Reply
    • Dennis

      And you are a conservative tool?..(fool,it should be).All other wars combined?..Are you really that stupid?

      December 13, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Reply
    • sidprejean

      Welcome back to the planet. You might review the years 2001 – 2009 briefly. Some folks call them the "Vacuum Years" because folks like you wish to pretend they didn't exist.

      December 14, 2012 at 6:24 am | Reply
  26. northerstar

    When you read these half-a$$ comments about an article without any real detail; it is no wonder why the people in Washington can't get anything accompished. Look at the people who elected them !

    December 13, 2012 at 9:46 pm | Reply
  27. army61w

    We'll never know what actually happened, because we all know the cops would cover for the MOH winner even if it was 100% his fault. The whiteness alone would be enough in south central KY, but add military service on there and we might here about how the "assailant" mysteriously died in police custody.

    December 13, 2012 at 9:20 pm | Reply
    • army61w

      oops... hear.

      December 13, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Reply
    • sambo

      Bro, why you have to bring in the race card? Wait for the facts man – you never know, you don't know, you weren't there, so stop trying to light up a race debate with inflammatory comments like that. If people just stopped making that distinction between races we wouldnt have a problem – but no, everyone has to label themselves either as "brothas" or "cornball brothas". What's up with that?

      December 13, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Reply
      • army61w

        No race card–just making the point that the cops will cover for the guy no matter what, so we'll never know the real story.

        December 13, 2012 at 9:45 pm |
    • Alpha

      How the Heii do you even come up with Kanissa'a ? How the Heii do you pronounce it? A' assinak backwards? So he is an donkey in Alaska? Sounds like he is also an a$$ in Kentucky.

      December 13, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Reply
    • redneck

      The punishment for him should be to serve in the marines for 4 year see what a bad ass he is or see if hes a B!#<#. Im a army infantry veteran of operation iraqi freedom 2003-2004. He should be pressured to join the armed forces if hes so tough.

      December 13, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Reply
      • army61w

        Yeah, because 11B's never, ever pick fights. It's always someone else trying to be the tough guy.

        December 13, 2012 at 9:48 pm |
    • Dennis

      The assailant was arrested,taken into custody to be booked and tried later.Where in the story does it say he was lynched,stupid?..Maybe Kanissa'a(what a stupid name) will be given the Medal of Dishonor for his criminal actions.

      December 13, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Reply
    • pj

      you dont WIN the MOH or any other medal or ribbon in the armed forces. You are a recipient.

      December 13, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Reply
    • tcp

      Are you REALLY a 61W or do you just play one on the Interweb?

      December 14, 2012 at 7:18 am | Reply
  28. eltons_johnson

    Thanks God (or whatever) that the MOH recipient wasn't black and the attacker wasn't white. One can only assume by the name that it is the other way around, but that could be wrong.

    However, if it were as mentioned, I think the country would self destruct. We all know that racism is only one way, right?

    December 13, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Reply
  29. saidhewould

    If president Obama had a son he'd look like Kanissa'a Thompson.

    December 13, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Reply
    • Mitt Romney's Dog

      Your racism is really pathetic, like your life.

      December 13, 2012 at 8:49 pm | Reply
    • trex

      ......and THAT ^^^^^^^^ is why you Ttards will NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER EVER win a national election. NEVER EVER.........

      December 13, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Reply
  30. Pander Bear

    I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm going to jump to conclusions based on the scant evidence presented in this article and my own personal prejudices. Oh wait, I see that many of you have already done that. Never mind.

    December 13, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Reply
  31. Billy Goat

    Kanissa'a? They're not even trying anymore.

    December 13, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Reply
    • Frank

      You want good editing? Read a newspaper.

      December 13, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Reply
  32. SemperUsmc

    After the smoke clears, the punk that assaulted the Hero will probably sue!

    December 13, 2012 at 7:55 pm | Reply
    • army61w

      Yeah, because guys who come back from war never start fights at bars... infantrymen are all a bunch of well-behaved choir boys when they go out, and they're always minding their own business when fights start... This story could go either way.

      December 13, 2012 at 9:56 pm | Reply
      • some guy

        lol!! spoken like a true victim.

        December 14, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  33. mskatfud

    Meyer, like all humans, has faults. Since his opponent was charged, not Meyer, we have to assume the police believe he is not to blame. That Medal of Honor will definitely get some attention in the courtroom. Meyer deserves better than to be attacked in his own country.

    December 13, 2012 at 7:54 pm | Reply
  34. the_dude

    This week on CNN "Black in America" young obama voter attacks MOH recipient.

    December 13, 2012 at 7:52 pm | Reply
    • Barry

      Hey Dude, why don't you keep your ridiculous racist comments to yourself.

      December 13, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Reply
    • trex

      ........ee you CHANGED YOUR NAME....................by simply ADDING AN "E" to the end, huh, DUD................

      December 13, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Reply
    • Dude

      You Mad Bro?

      December 13, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Reply
  35. Jason B

    I'd say let the attacker off with one single punishment...2 minutes locked in a room with 6 Marines.

    December 13, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Reply
    • Prasad

      Excellent idea!

      December 13, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Reply
    • JPMADD

      So what are the other 5 Marines going to do for two minutes?

      December 13, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Reply
      • eltons_johnson

        Each other

        December 13, 2012 at 9:07 pm |
    • Michael

      Amen to that.

      December 13, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Reply
  36. DelFuego

    Shouldn't this be filed under CNNs Black in America?

    December 13, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Reply
    • redneck

      We need to put him in with a few of us veterans. Well utem where he belongs

      December 13, 2012 at 7:49 pm | Reply
    • Margaret

      18 year old blacks like 18 year old whites can be incredibly stupid at times. This should have nothing to do with race.

      December 13, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Reply
      • Billy Goat

        haha. look at the numbers dummy.

        December 13, 2012 at 8:53 pm |
      • Bob

        I have only had my car hit once and was promised he would pay if I didn't call the cops- and didn't...black guy. I have only been in a fight once..black guy. I have only had my office broken into once...black guy. I have only had one vehicle stolen...black guy. I have only once seen a guy jumped by 6 guys...black guys. I think there is a pattern.

        December 13, 2012 at 9:45 pm |
  37. Steve

    Found a picture of the 18 yr old. Looks like a black muslim...could be wrong..but he definatly has the muslim beard. American muslim attacking a soldier?

    December 13, 2012 at 7:33 pm | Reply
    • Margaret

      The picture I saw did not.

      December 13, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Reply
    • Barry

      Gee, I have a beard. Must mean I'm a Muslim. STFU

      December 13, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Reply
      • Dennis

        Instead,you're just a bum.

        December 13, 2012 at 11:35 pm |
  38. MakoTen

    He is a hero and there are so many others like him, most of which will never receive a medal, but should. However I must say Marines like to start fights, seen it and read it a hundred times.

    December 13, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Reply
    • mskatfud

      The police didn't arrest or charge Meyer, they arrested and charged his opponent. So we need to wait until actual facts are released. Right now, we only have a great media-grabbing knee-jerk going on – MOH winner attacked! Oh noes!

      Unless we can find a way to glue a MOH to his forehead, most people will not know they're dealing with a national treasure. I agree that Marines like to start fights, that why they make great servicemembers, but so do young punks. I've seen that a hundred times too. And young punks have zero respect except for those more violent then themselves, and have no clue what a MOH is and what it takes to win one. I think Thompson will be getting schooled on that very very soon, likely by THE JUDGE.

      December 13, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Reply
    • Terry

      Don't start them but certainty finish them.

      December 13, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Reply
  39. redneck

    This kid is a coward doing this to an american hero. Something needs to be done about this the government needs to step deport this little B!#<#. More respect is needed for our armed forces.

    December 13, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Reply
    • TomNPitt

      So little respect for America in Kentucky. No matter what color you are.

      December 13, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Reply
      • dean

        You are right, look at Senator Mitch McCONNELL. The folks in Kentucky keep sending this Vietnam draft dodger back to Congress term after tern. How dumb is that.

        December 13, 2012 at 8:52 pm |
    • Veteran

      Uh. He is stupid. But not a coward. Not if he attacked a MOH winner.

      December 13, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Reply
  40. I Am God

    Now that is just sad. Hopefully the fight had nothing to do with him receiving the Medal of Honor.

    December 13, 2012 at 7:07 pm | Reply
  41. California Gary

    Anyone can get sucker-punched. But in a life and death fight, put your money on the Marine. Semper Fi........

    December 13, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Reply
  42. CAL USA

    The Medal of Honor is awarded for extraordinary courage in the face of the enemy. It has nothing to do with physical prowess or fighting abilities, but with whether or not you have the guts to do what others won't. I had the distinct honor of serving under one, and I am still in awe of what this very (physically) small man did when the chips were down.

    December 13, 2012 at 6:46 pm | Reply
  43. jamessavik

    There are punks out there that go after pro-athletes to try to earn a reputation. I'm thinking this is like that.

    December 13, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Reply
  44. Joe

    Tinykhan- Dakota is a marine. He has discipline and definitely held back because he would probably have killed the punk if he didnt

    December 13, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Reply
    • Army Mom

      Bet Dakota has seen more fighting than he really wanted in his life already and has the common sense to know what is worth fighting for. Thanks to Dakota and many other true, good American's for their service.

      December 14, 2012 at 7:29 am | Reply
  45. Juliemac

    Catch a black belt off guard and you can get them down too.

    December 13, 2012 at 6:38 pm | Reply
  46. Steven Brown

    Put the Fort Hood shooter on trial already.

    December 13, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Reply
    • asdrel

      What does that have to do with this article?

      December 13, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Reply
  47. Jerry

    An 18 year old kicked a Marines ass?

    December 13, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Reply
    • JLV

      You ever think that maybe he hit him with a bottle or sucker punched him from behind or some other tactic so that he could catch him off guard. Or where you come from everyone fights fair?

      December 13, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Reply
  48. Cando

    It can certainly happen when they hit you from behind.

    December 13, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Reply
  49. Nagrad

    What kind of a name is Kanissa'a?

    December 13, 2012 at 6:32 pm | Reply
    • Dennis

      It sounds like an ignorant name given to him by an ignorant parent.What was it again?..Kaniggra'a?

      December 13, 2012 at 11:41 pm | Reply
  50. tinykhan

    A Marine Medal of Honor recipient got his @ss kicked by an 18 yr old? Embarassing....

    December 13, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Reply
    • JLV

      No your post is embarrasing. You can always sucker punch the best of them.

      December 13, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Reply
      • Michael

        well said.

        December 13, 2012 at 9:28 pm |
    • Chris in Seoul

      No, the embarrassing part is having a name like Kanissa'a... Just because someone receives the Medal of Honor doesn't mean they're MMA fighters who can kick anyone's ass. It means they did something "Above and Beyond the Call of Duty at great risk to one's life".

      December 13, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Reply
    • midnitejax

      I don't think you quite understand how the real world is, so I will make a futile attempt to explain it to you anyway. The Marine you are embarrassed about served gallantly above and beyond the call of duty to save lives of his fellow Marines and Afghan troops while engaged in a heavy firefight.That my friend is courage.That does not mean he is invincible, nor is he superhuman in strength. What it makes him is a man of character and courage. My question to you is...do you think the punk he was assaulted by will have the courage to sign up in the Marines and put his boots in the sand? Would you? I doubt it.

      December 13, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Reply
      • zero

        "My question to you is...do you think the punk he was assaulted by will have the courage to sign up in the Marines and put his boots in the sand? Would you? I doubt it." -midnitejax

        Do you really believe that all it takes is courage? It also takes ignorance. Going across the globe to fight people they don't even know on behalf of special interest is very ignorant. So when short sighted and ignorant people say that our soldiers are fighting for their country it is insulting to those in our country who don't want out youth or tax dollars to be invested in propping up dictators and butalizing other people across the globe. Besides he is a marine after all he should be tough enough to take an ass whipping. No shame in getting whipped, happens to us all. This kid should get a slap on the wrist for an assault which is what assaults warrant.

        December 13, 2012 at 8:03 pm |
      • JPMADD

        Zero...good name. It fits.

        December 13, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
      • Margaret

        This is America, he should not have to be prepared to fight at every moment. Unfortunately we have a lot of stupid young men who want to "prove" something. Sgt. Meyer has nothing to prove, he proved what kind of man he is.

        December 13, 2012 at 8:33 pm |
      • F111ECM

        Active Duty Retired USAF NCO here. You are sorely mistaken my ignorant friend. Torture is sometimes justified in getting information. Just not wholesale the way it has been used the last few years and definitely not the way it was employed or publicized at Abu Ghraib Prison in Iraq. Any idiot should know that you don't take pictures in a prison and you don't publicize the ways or from whom you get information, legally or illegally. It's called Operational Security. And I am never happy when a war is started–it means diplomacy has failed and hotter heads have prevailed. Personally, I'm just happy this nation got these B**S**T*RD(s)!!. There's still a lot more work to do in the defense of our freedoms and there always will be!! My Dad's funeral was on September 11, 2001 in Los Angeles California at 10:AM Pacific time. This was the time all hell was breaking loose in New York, Washington DC, & Pennsylvania. LA/California (my home area of my home state) was the destination city and/or state of all of 4 aircraft hijacked as populated missiles and destroyed on that disastrous day 11 years ago. For me and my family the day was already a sh**ty day. I feel for all of those who lost loved ones that day: Whether In the aircraft, In the towers, or On the ground no matter where it happened. BTW I'm a retired USAF NCO who finished his career with a USAF Special Operations Squadron overseas in NorthEast Asia. My units went to war a few times between 1978-1998 and I'm always sorry when it happens because it means diplomacy has failed and sometimes rash decisions have brought us to the brink again. In my 20 years plus of active duty I attended memorial services for around 30 USAF Airmen: Some pilots & Some ground crew, Some related to combat & Some related to training, & Some just dead because they were in the wrong place at the right time & it was their time. I never want to see someone dead, no matter their religious beliefs, but the world is better off without some people in it. People like Osama Bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, & Moammar Khaddafy. God Bless all of our troops past, present and future. Hurrah and Aim High!!

        December 14, 2012 at 12:42 am |
    • Bert

      No highly decorated marine would lose in a fair fight moron

      December 13, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Reply
      • John

        Hmmmm I'm pretty sure that going above and beyond the call of duty does not make him a super marine nor does it mean he can't get his @ss beat! Plain and simple I am friends with marines and alot of Spec ops, know what I can beat some and some I can't. I happen to be trained in more fighting "skills" then the marines I know. They know this and choose not to spar or fight with me because I have more hand to hand skill then they do. I still have the highest amount of respect for them, but they are by no means a super hero.

        December 14, 2012 at 8:33 am |

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