(Image source: U.S. Army / ABC News)

 

 

BY ZACH TOOMBS

 

 

Staff Sergeant Clinton Romesha is set to become the fourth living recipient of the Medal of Honor for actions in Afghanistan and Iraq.

 

President Barack Obama announced the award for Romesha on Friday. The 31-year-old veteran of the Afghanistan War will receive the Medal of Honor at the White House on Feb. 11 for his role in one of the conflict’s largest battles. [Video: CNN]

 

According to The Washington Post, 300 Taliban fighters attacked Combat Outpost Keating in eastern Afghanistan on Oct. 3, 2009. Seventy Afghan, Latvian and U.S. troops, including Romesha, were stationed at the outpost at the time. [Images: Google Earth]

 

Eight U.S. soldiers were killed and more than two dozen were wounded. Army Times reports Romesha moved under intense enemy fire to bring reinforcements and engage the Taliban.

 

According to his Medal of Honor citation, Romesha took out an enemy machine gun team and, while exchanging fire with a second, was struck by shrapnel from an RPG. Despite his injuries, he kept fighting, eventually directing a U.S. helicopter in killing 30 Taliban fighters.

 

Romesha’s actions at Keating were detailed in journalist Jake Tapper’s book The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor.

 

Tapper wrote on his Tumblr on Friday to say: “There were many heroes that day, many of whom didn’t survive that attack, but Romesha is without question one of the bravest men I’ve ever known.”

 

The announcement naming Romesha as the next Medal of Honor recipient. came at the conclusion of talks between President Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai. The two men announced a quicker-than-expected drawdown for American troops that would leave Afghan security primarily up to its own forces by spring 2014. [Video: Fox News]

 

Romesha is married with three children and lives in North Dakota. His other awards include the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge. Seven other service members have been awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously for actions in Afghanistan or Iraq. 

Obama to Award Medal of Honor to Afghanistan Veteran

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Obama to Award Medal of Honor to Afghanistan Veteran

(Image source: U.S. Army / ABC News)

 

 

BY ZACH TOOMBS

 

 

Staff Sergeant Clinton Romesha is set to become the fourth living recipient of the Medal of Honor for actions in Afghanistan and Iraq.

 

President Barack Obama announced the award for Romesha on Friday. The 31-year-old veteran of the Afghanistan War will receive the Medal of Honor at the White House on Feb. 11 for his role in one of the conflict’s largest battles. [Video: CNN]

 

According to The Washington Post, 300 Taliban fighters attacked Combat Outpost Keating in eastern Afghanistan on Oct. 3, 2009. Seventy Afghan, Latvian and U.S. troops, including Romesha, were stationed at the outpost at the time. [Images: Google Earth]

 

Eight U.S. soldiers were killed and more than two dozen were wounded. Army Times reports Romesha moved under intense enemy fire to bring reinforcements and engage the Taliban.

 

According to his Medal of Honor citation, Romesha took out an enemy machine gun team and, while exchanging fire with a second, was struck by shrapnel from an RPG. Despite his injuries, he kept fighting, eventually directing a U.S. helicopter in killing 30 Taliban fighters.

 

Romesha’s actions at Keating were detailed in journalist Jake Tapper’s book The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor.

 

Tapper wrote on his Tumblr on Friday to say: “There were many heroes that day, many of whom didn’t survive that attack, but Romesha is without question one of the bravest men I’ve ever known.”

 

The announcement naming Romesha as the next Medal of Honor recipient. came at the conclusion of talks between President Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai. The two men announced a quicker-than-expected drawdown for American troops that would leave Afghan security primarily up to its own forces by spring 2014. [Video: Fox News]

 

Romesha is married with three children and lives in North Dakota. His other awards include the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Combat Action Badge. Seven other service members have been awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously for actions in Afghanistan or Iraq. 

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