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Medal of Honor Recipient Challenges SEAL Washout to a Fight
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One of the U.S.’s only living Medal of Honor recipients, Dakota Meyer, challenged Navy SEAL washout and Instagram “celebrity” Dan Bilzerian to a fight after the two clashed over the mass shooting in Las Vegas in early October.
Bilzerian, who filmed himself running away during the mass shooting, never quite made it through the rigorous training required to be an elite Navy SEAL (short for Sea, Air, and Land). The Navy chose to expel him from his third attempt at passing the Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL (BUD/S) course for a “safety violation on the shooting range.”
Meyer’s criticism wasn’t of Bilzerian’s self-proclaimed “King of Instagram” status or his failure to complete the course.
It was for running away when people needed help – something Meyer is dead-set against.
Meyer earned the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Battle of Ganjgal on September 8, 2009, in Afghanistan. He’s also the first living Marine to have earned the prestigious award in the past 38 years. After an ambush in Kunar Province, Meyer found four of his deceased teammates and, under enemy fire, beat a Taliban fighter to death as he attempted to drag off their bodies. While trying to evacuate the casualties, according to his award, Meyer “personally evacuated 12 friendly wounded and provided cover for another 24 Marines and soldiers to escape likely death at the hands of a numerically superior and determined foe.”
According to Meyer, Bilzerian should’ve stayed to help the wounded rather than whipping out his cellphone and running away from the situation. Meyer wrote on Instagram, “This is why children shouldn’t classify heroes by their followers or their photos. @danbilzerian this is what kills me about people like you. Always playing ‘operator dress up’ and so so tough when the cameras are on. A woman just got shot in the head and you are running away filming that’s not what operators do. Please stop trying to be someone your [sic] not. People are dying, you’re running away not helping them and pretending it’s worthy of a video is disgusting.”
Bilzerian fired back, using explicit and vulgar language.
What Do You Think?
What do you think about the feud? Was Bilzerian out of line for criticizing a Medal of Honor recipient, or should Meyer have kept his opinion to himself? I’d love to hear your take on it, so please share your thoughts on Facebook page or my Twitter.