In a White House ceremony Thursday, Dakota Meyer became the first living Marine to receive the Medal of Honor for heroism in the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars.

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In 2009, the former Marine repeatedly rushed into enemy fire in an attempt to rescue four missing US Troops pinned down in an intense hours-long ambush in Eastern Afghanistan.

He says he's not a hero -- the President says otherwise.

FOX News Radio White House Correspondent Mike Majchrowitz reports from the West Wing:

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As he prepared to award Meyer with the Medal of Honor, President Obama recalled trying to get news to the Marine of his selection:

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Listen here as Meyer describes the scene:

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Looking back, Meyer had this to say in a situation like that:

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Meyer says he doesn't believe he was heroic, just doing his duty:

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Kentucky Senator, Mitch McConnell was pleased with Meyer. Listen to his comments while speaking on the Senate Floor:

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After he found his fellow soldiers had been killed in the fighting, Meyer then retrieved their remains.

In all, Meyer saved 36 lives... those of 13 Marines and Army Soldiers along with 23 Afghan soldiers while providing cover for troops during a six-hour firefight with the Taliban.