Dakota Meyer Engaged to Bristol Palin

A headline I did not expect to see, courtesy the Army Times: "Dakota Meyer engaged to Bristol Palin."

A headline I did not expect to see, courtesy the Army Times: “Dakota Meyer engaged to Bristol Palin.”

Former Marine Corps Sgt. Dakota Meyer, whose heroism in Afghanistan earned him a Medal of Honor for his “daring initiative and bold fighting spirit,” is engaged to be married to the daughter of a former vice presidential nominee.

His fiancee is Bristol Palin. She is a reality television personality and the daughter of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican nominee for vice president.

The engagement was announced on the photo sharing site Instagram.



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  1. HarvardLaw92 says:

    Right Wing Kardashians – you won’t want to miss an episode …

  2. Surreal American says:

    I wish the happy couple well. I wish most newly engaged couples well. I’m sentimental like that.

  3. CSK says:

    That was quick. Just last December, Bristol was publicly lamenting that she hadn’t met any nice men; she claimed to be specifically looking for a “lumbersexual” with whom to share her life.

    I have the funny feeling that Sgt. Meyer may be jumping from the firefight into the fire.

    And…Bristol Meyer???? What are they going to name their kids: Statin? Amoxicillin?

  4. Mark Ivey says:

    Bristol is preggers again i bet, poor Sgt. Meyer, like CSK said:

    “from the firefight into the fire.”

  5. C. Clavin says:

    Getting engaged to a Palin on Friday the 13th???
    The jokes write themselves.
    On a serious note: According to a :30 second Google search, Meyer has had some significant mental health issues. I do not see how being part of the Palin clan can be helpful.

  6. Gustopher says:

    The Palin family drunken brawls are about to get a lot more serious.

  7. Gustopher says:

    @C. Clavin: I sincerely hope he is getting the best medical care possible — we owe it to the soldiers we send into harm’s way to care for them when they get home.

    Not convinced that the Palin spotlight/freakshow is what he needs, but sometimes true love wins out over what appears to be common sense. Best of luck to both of them.

    He should run for congress. He’s probably very conservative, if he’s marrying into the Palin clan, so pick some deep red district somewhere, and swap out their congressman for him. It won’t make a big difference to national politics, but he should get to cash in a little after all his service. And, congress gets good health care.

  8. CSK says:


    Actually, some commenter–I can’t recall where–has already suggested the congressional run as a possibility, on the grounds that Sarah Palin has the connections that would help in the campaign. I can’t see Bristol as a particular asset to anyone’s political career, but perhaps the audio of her screeching about losing her f*cking $300 sunglasses and the photo of her mother and Dakota holding up the “Fuc* you, Michael Moore” sign might prove advantageous in certain constituencies.

  9. Mikey says:

    I wish them both the best, and hope the Palin family’s by now well-known tribulations will not do Meyer any harm.

    In case anyone is interested, here is his Medal of Honor citation. “Incredible” doesn’t quite suffice.

    Corporal Meyer maintained security at a patrol rally point while other members of his team moved on foot with two platoons of Afghan National Army and Border Police into the village of Ganjgal for a pre-dawn meeting with village elders. Moving into the village, the patrol was ambushed by more than 50 enemy fighters firing rocket propelled grenades, mortars, and machine guns from houses and fortified positions on the slopes above. Hearing over the radio that four U.S. team members were cut off, Corporal Meyer seized the initiative. With a fellow Marine driving, Corporal Meyer took the exposed gunner’s position in a gun-truck as they drove down the steeply terraced terrain in a daring attempt to disrupt the enemy attack and locate the trapped U.S. team. Disregarding intense enemy fire now concentrated on their lone vehicle, Corporal Meyer killed a number of enemy fighters with the mounted machine guns and his rifle, some at near point blank range, as he and his driver made three solo trips into the ambush area. During the first two trips, he and his driver evacuated two dozen Afghan soldiers, many of whom were wounded. When one machine gun became inoperable, he directed a return to the rally point to switch to another gun-truck for a third trip into the ambush area where his accurate fire directly supported the remaining U.S. personnel and Afghan soldiers fighting their way out of the ambush. Despite a shrapnel wound to his arm, Corporal Meyer made two more trips into the ambush area in a third gun-truck accompanied by four other Afghan vehicles to recover more wounded Afghan soldiers and search for the missing U.S. team members. Still under heavy enemy fire, he dismounted the vehicle on the fifth trip and moved on foot to locate and recover the bodies of his team members. Corporal Meyer’s daring initiative and bold fighting spirit throughout the 6-hour battle significantly disrupted the enemy’s attack and inspired the members of the combined force to fight on. His unwavering courage and steadfast devotion to his U.S. and Afghan comrades in the face of almost certain death reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

  10. Andre Kenji says:

    I wish all the happiness of the World for the couple. I can keep politics aside for this.

  11. de stijl says:

    And…Bristol Meyer???? What are they going to name their kids: Statin? Amoxicillin?

    Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho Palin-Meyer.

    Either that, or Squibb.

  12. OzarkHillbilly says:

    All the best to the happy couple.

  13. grumpy realist says:

    Although I wish these two the very best (and a long distance from the in-laws), it wouldn’t surprise me if this turns out to be a Bruce Jenner/Kardashian geekfest, only this side from the right. (Not to say that the same circus will happen, but mental problems rarely go away on their own.)

  14. gVOR08 says:

    @grumpy realist:

    …mental problems rarely go away on their own.

    But a couple of commenters have offered a good plan, put him in the House Republican caucus where no one will notice.

    Snark aside, I wish the couple well. I would see no schadenfreude in future problems for him, just sadness. And Bristol’s fate is now tied to his.