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Medal of Honor winner helps Ky. tornado victims

Associated Press

WEST LIBERTY, Ky. (AP) – A Kentucky Marine who was awarded the Medal of Honor last year is helping clean up a small Kentucky community devastated by a recent tornado.

Twenty-three-year-old Dakota Meyer announced his plans to head to Woods Bend on his new blog, “Actions Not Words.” He says he arrived Sunday night with four friends and six pieces of heavy equipment to help remove debris and repair damage.

He told The Associated Press Monday that the damage was “the worst thing I’ve ever seen in my life.”

Meyer is credited with saving 13 American and 23 Afghan soldiers’ lives in a grueling 2009 firefight in Afghanistan. He says on his blog that “being honored and called a hero for the worst day of my life is something I still struggle to understand.”

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