True American Hero: Veteran Gets Medal of Honor


President Barack Obama bestowed the Medal of Honor on a former Army staff sergeant who fought off enemy fighters during one of the bloodiest battles of the Afghanistan war.Ryan Pitts is the ninth living recipient of the nation’s highest decoration for battlefield valor for actions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Obama says Pitts displays “the humility and loyalty” that define America’s men and women in uniform.The 28-year-old Pitts said his honor belongs to everyone who was with him during the July 13, 2008 attack in Wanat, Afghanistan.
Pitts defended an observation post after the eight other soldiers providing security alongside him were killed in a well-organized attack by about 200 insurgents.Pitts was bleeding, hit by shrapnel in his arms and legs and sure he would die, as he lobbed grenades and pulled himself to his knees to man a machine gun against approaching insurgents.He called in for air support that helped repel the attack and prevented the enemy from taking his fellow soldiers who had been killed.

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