Friday, September 16, 2011

The conscientiousness of Dakota Meyer

When the White House tried to arrange a call to inform [former Marine Dakota] Meyer — who was promoted to sergeant but left active duty for construction work in his home state, Kentucky — that he would be receiving the [Medal of Honor], Mr. Obama said, Mr. Meyer hesitated to get on the phone with the president because he was at work.

The call was rescheduled for Mr. Meyer’s lunch break, Mr. Obama said.
--C. J. Chivers, NYT, on commitment to duty