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She said ‘Yes:’ The courage of a Marine, the spirit of a Palin makes for sparks

By Kathy Ehrich Dowd, People:

Bristol Palin is officially off the market. Sarah Palin’s eldest daughter, 24, accepted a proposal from Dakota Meyer, 26, a former U.S. Marine who is only the third living recipient of the U.S. Medal of Honor since Vietnam, the duo confirmed on social media.

“I’m definitely the luckiest guy ever to be able to spend the rest of my life with @bsmp2 #shesaidyes”

Meyer captioned an Instagram shot of the duo early Saturday morning.

Bristol posted her own Instagram image of the duo sharing a sweet smooch, with the engagement ring prominently visible on her left hand.

“Truly the luckiest girl in the world, cannot wait to marry this man!!!!” she captioned the pic, and later shared a close-up shot of the ring. It’s reportedly a first marriage for both, although Bristol was memorably engaged to fellow Alaskan Levi Johnston, the father of their 6-year-old son, Tripp.

Sarah Palin issued a statement after Bristol’s made her announcement.

“Our families couldn’t be happier for Bristol and Dakota,” she says. “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 loves Bristol and Tripp, and is loved by them.

“They met last year when he was in Alaska to film an episode of Amazing America, and even then it was noticed that just as we like to describe Bristol as “an old soul” wise beyond her years, the same also applies to Dakota. (A clear demonstration is the fact that he flew up North last week to ask both Todd and Bristol’s grandfather, Chuck, Sr., for her hand in marriage!)”

According to Meyer’s website, President Barack Obama awarded him the Medal of Honor in 2011 for saving fellow members of his embedded training team during a prolonged firefight in Afghanistan in 2009.

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