Bristol Palin Engaged to War Hero

Sgt. Dakota Meyer is the first living Marine to earn Medal of Honor since Vietnam.

By Al Perrotta Published on March 17, 2015

Bristol Palin has landed herself a true hero.

The reality show star and eldest daughter of Sarah Palin has gotten engaged to Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Dakota Meyer.

The couple shared the news Saturday via social media. “Truly the luckiest girl in the world, cannot wait to marry this man!!!,” Palin posted on Instagram. Added the Marine veteran, “I’m definitely the luckiest guy ever to be able to spend the rest of my life with @bsmp2 #shesaidyes.”

Meyer popped the question Friday night at a Rascal Flatts concert in Las Vegas after the country band dedicated their hit “Bless the Broken Road” to the lovebirds.Bristol Palin Dakota Meyer

Bristol’s path to the altar has, indeed, been a broken road. Thrust into the national spotlight in 2008 after her mother was named the GOP’s nominee for Vice President, Palin was just 18 — and pregnant and unmarried. She was twice briefly engaged to her son Trigg’s father Levi Johnson before the two parted ways for good on less-than-friendly — and highly-publicized — terms. Palin then competed on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars before landing her own reality show Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp.

Ironically, it would be another TV show where she’d meet her future husband, when Meyer flew up to Alaska for her mom’s show Amazing America with Sarah Palin. And the Marine vet’s story certainly is amazing.

In September 2009, Meyer, then a 21-year-old corporal, was on a pre-dawn patrol in the Afghan village of Ganjgal when his platoon and another were ambushed. Over 50 Taliban fighters rained down rocket propelled grenades, mortars and machine gun fire. Yet five times during the battle Meyer entered the ambush zone to rescue wounded Afghan forces and recover the bodies of his fallen Marine comrades.  Himself wounded Meyer was credited with sDakota Meyer 320aving 36 lives.

Two years later, President Barack Obama presented Sgt. Dakota Meyer with the Medal of Honor for his “daring initiative and bold fighting spirit”, making the Kentucky native the first living Marine since Vietnam to be so honored.

As for his future mother-in-law’s take on the engagement, Sarah Palin said on Facebook:

We’re honored to welcome Dakota into our family. He’s an American hero and patriot whose service to our country — like all his fellow Medal of Honor recipients — has been above and beyond the call of duty; but even more important is he’s a good and kind man who lives Bristol and Tripp, and is loved by them.

Yes, God’s working behind the scenes to turn beauty from ashes. Had tough circumstances in their lives not occurred, and had they reacted differently to those circumstances, they’d have never met.

No wedding date has been announced.


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