Today, President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to former SSGT Clint L. Romesha at the White House.
SSGT Romesha joins an incredible legacy of heroes, 3400, who have been awarded the MOH since 1861.
“At 6 a.m., Oct. 3, 2009, Combat Outpost Keating in Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan, came under complex attack by an enemy force estimated at 400 fighters. The fighters occupied the high ground on all four sides of the combat outpost and initiated the attack with concentrated fire from B10 recoilless rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, known as RPGs, DSHKA heavy machine gun fire, mortars, and small-arms fire.
Staff Sgt. Clinton L. Romesha displayed extraordinary heroism through a day-long engagement in which he killed multiple enemy fighters, recovered fallen Soldiers, and led multiple recovery, resupply, and counterattack operations.”
For more on that day, and the Medal of Honor:
Senior White House Correspondant Jake Tapper wrote of that day, one of the deadliest attacks in the Afghan War, in The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor.
History of the Medal of Honor, with full citations.
Better than honor and glory, and History’s iron pen,
Was the thought of duty done and the love of his fellow-men.
~Richard Watson Gilder