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Dec 12, 2012 3:52 PM

Kentucky Medal Of Honor Recipient Assaulted

An assault investigation is underway in Adair County and sources tell LEX 18 the victim is a Kentucky Marine who made national headlines for his bravery this year.

Kentucky State Police don't name victims in assault investigations, but LEX 18 has learned medal of honor recipient Dakota Meyer was the person attacked. The Marine and Green County native was treated at a local hospital Sunday and reportedly had to get staples in his head from cuts suffered during the assault.

Sources tell LEX 18 the attack happened during a party with Lindsey Wilson College students that Meyer was attending with his brother. State Police say they have identified a suspect and say charges will be filed and an arrest will happen soon.

Meyer is the first living Marine in almost four decades to be awarded the medal of honor by the president. The 24-year old received his award in September of 2011.

Meyer was asked to make several national appearances after receiving his award, which he did, and was usually accompanied by a security team from the Kentucky State Police, something the agency wasn't required to do, but offered their services anyway. The amount of time security followed him has dwindled as Meyer's life has started to return to normal.

State Police say there was no security with Meyer Sunday when he was assaulted.

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