November 12, 2010|by Bryant Jordan

A Kentucky man appears in line to become the first living Marine since Vietnam to be awarded the Medal of Honor.

The Marine Corps will not confirm that former Cpl. Dakota Meyer of Greensburg, Ky., has been nominated for the nation's highest award for valor, but the news network CNN, quoting a Defense Department official with knowledge of the award process, is reporting former Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Conway signed off on Meyer's nomination for the medal prior to retiring last month.

Meyer, who separated from the Marine Corps in June, told the network he has not been told anything officially.

Lt. Col. Joseph Plenzler, a spokesman for the new commandant, Gen. James Amos, said no one is authorized to talk about the process until it is completed.

The story was first reported by Marine Corps Times.


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