Former Staff Sgt. Clinton L. Romesha was awarded the Medal of Honor Monday at the White House, in recognition of his heroic actions at Combat Outpost Keating in Afghanistan on Oct. 3, 2009.
More than 300 Taliban fighters attacked 53 Americans at the outpost, armed with mortars, grenades and rifles, but Romesha took out one enemy machine gun team, was wounded trying to take out another, had the presence of mind to direct air support to help stave off the assault, and put himself in the line of Taliban bullets to provide cover fire for his comrades.
He also led a team the length of a football team, under “withering fire,” to retrieve the fallen bodies of some of the eight American soldiers killed that day.
“Clint, this is our nation’s highest military decoration,” President Obama told him. “It reflects the gratitude of our entire country.”
Romesha is the fourth living soldier to receive the Medal of Honor since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan began. Click here to read more about him.