A US Navy is still haunted by the face of a Taliban fighter he beat to death with a stone over ten years ago.
Dakota Meyer, 33, became the second youngest recipient of the Medal of Honor for her actions during the Battle of Ganjgal on September 8, 2009, in Afghanistan.
That day, Meyer learned that three Marines and a member of the Marine Corps, members of Meyer’s squad and friends, were missing after being ambushed by a group of Taliban insurgents.
Under enemy fire, Meyer entered an area known to be inhabited by insurgents and eventually found the four missing servicemen dead and stripped of their weapons, bulletproof vests, and radios.
Speaking on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast on YouTube, the American explained how he was trying to retrieve the body of his Afghan ally who had been killed, when he was ambushed from behind.
The 33-year-old said: âMy boyfriend was shot, he was killed and I went up behind that terrace to pick him up.
âI was on my knees and this guy just came up behind me with a gun and I ended up shooting him from the ground. I thought he was dead.
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“I moved and went down with my boyfriend because that machine gun was still shooting at me on that hill and I was trying to make myself as small as possible and this guy ends up coming in and choking me.”
âI thought he was dead, but instead he’s trying to suffocate me. He let go a bit and we had an argument and I remember thinking “don’t let his legs get past me”.
“I finally remember getting on top of him and trying to grab as much as I could, while still holding him with my forearm, I finally grabbed that rock and started hitting that rock wall. man i just started beating and beating and beating.
“Well, after hitting him like four or five times, I remember him kind of looking at meâ¦ and you can tell, he knows where it’s going.”
The retired Marine described being still haunted by the event, explaining how he sees the man’s face “every night”.
He said: âI see him every night, I only see his face. There is a moment when everyone realizes that they are defeated. I just think there is a point where you look at someone. ‘one and he knows he’s going to die.
âNow I look at him and I still think this guy is someone’s son, his mom and dad will be missed. He believes in his cause as much as I do. He doesn’t believe he does. was wrong.
“He could have had a wife or children who would never see their father again, just as my father might never have seen me again if that had changed.”
âI don’t hate it, I don’t even know this guy. We are here in this place right now because we were born in two different countries.