Former Army Staff Sgt Clinton Romesha was awarded the Medal of Honor today by President Obama for his heroic actions during the 13-hour Battle of Kamdesh in Afghanistan on October 3, 2009.
He is the fourth living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.
He lives with his wife and three children in Minot, North Dakota where he works for an oil drilling company.
During a day-long attack, Clinton Romesha, without concern for his personal welfare, provided cover fire to allow three men to escape. He was wounded in the neck, shoulder and arms by shrapnel. He stuck to his machine-gun position and called in airstrikes, even running through fire to recover the bodies of his fallen buddies.
As President Obama draped the medal around his neck, he quoted Clint Romesha as saying, “We weren’t going to be beat that day. You’re not going to back down in the face of adversity like that. We were just going to win – plain and simple.”
In describing the scene, Mr. Romesha said, “Everything was a target and I was trying to cover everything at once, as fast as I could.”
The DOD video about Clint Romesha: