Staff Sgt. Clinton L. Romesha spoke outside the White House Monday shortly after receiving the Medal of Honor for his heroic efforts in Afghanistan Oct. 3, 2009.
ROMESHA: I'm grateful that some of the heroes of Combat Outpost Keating are here today with us. And anyone of them will tell you, we were not going to be beat that day. I want them to know how proud I am of them. They trusted in me, a noncommissioned officer, to be their leader, and I thank them so much for that loyalty. I accept this tremendous honor on behalf of all soldiers, who have served with me that day. This award is for the eight soldiers that didn't make it and for the rest of the team that fought valiantly and magnificently that day. I will forever be humbled by the bravery, their commitment to service, and their loyalty to one another. Serving our nation in uniform is a privilege, especially during times of war. Like my grandfather, my father, and my brothers, I am proud to have the opportunity to serve with some of the finest soldiers today. Not only during our mission in Afghanistan, but on all my deployments and tours during my 11 years in the Army. Our military service is strengthened thanks to the tremendous support provided by our military families and the American public. The strength of my wife and my family during my service is a key factor in my morale and my will to fight. My loving wife has been a constant source of strength and inspiration. Thank you, Tammy. You are my rock, and thank you.