Yesterday, the Army provided a rare opportunity for both civilians and military personnel to ask questions, or make comments, to America’s newest Medal of Honor nominee, former Army Sgt. Kyle White.
Over 5,000 people reached out to Sgt. White and I was privileged to be one of them, who not only got an answer to my question, but a picture as well.
My question was simple: "Who is YOUR hero?" Just minutes later, Sgt. White answered, “My heroes are the six battle buddies we lost on 9 Nov. 2007.”
That fateful day, Kyle White was a 20-year-old platoon radio operator caught in the middle of a brutal firefight in the mountains of northeastern Nuristan Province, Afghanistan. In an instant, he made a decision to risk his own life to save the life of a grievously injured Marine and two fellow Soldiers.
White will receive the Medal of Honor for his disregard of his own life while trying to save the lives of a Marine and two fellow Soldiers after his team of 14 U.S. Soldiers and squad of Afghan National Army soldiers were set up and ambushed by a much larger and more heavily armed Taliban force who engaged in a three-prong attack from elevated ground.
White was assigned to “C” Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade at the time of the battle.
Now retired from the Army, former Sgt. Kyle Jerome White lives in Charlotte, N.C.
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