In a White House ceremony today, Sgt. Kyle White, formerly of Seattle, will officially receive the Medal of Honor for his heroic acts during combat in Nuristan, Afghanistan, in 2007.
That fateful day, Sgt. White was a 20-year-old platoon radio operator caught in the middle of a brutal firefight in the mountains of northeastern Nuristan Province. In an instant, he made a decision to risk his own life to save the lives of a Marine and two fellow Soldiers.
The Army released this statement about White's heroic efforts:
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.
Sgt. White was assigned to “C” Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade at the time of the battle.
White, now 27, retired from the Army in 2011, and currently lives in Charlotte, N.C.
Examiner's Note: On April 21, via Facebook, the Army provided a rare opportunity for private citizens and military personnel to ask the newest Medal of Honor nominee questions. Over 5,000 people reached out to Sgt. White and I was privileged to be one of them.
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.” And with his answer he provided an "arm selfie" of the stainless steel bracelet he wears engraved with the names of his six comrades who lost their lives in the fight that day.
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