Next month, Staff Sergeant Clinton Romesha of North Dakota will become the fourth living recipient of the Medal of Honor.
His award stems from “courageous actions” in Afghanistan in 2009, when at Combat Outpost Keating he and his men came under an attack so intense their position took a mortar round every 15 seconds for 3 hours.
At the time of the attack, Romesha was a section leader in B Troop, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.
The attack took place on October 3, 2009 while 50 U.S. personnel, 20 Afghan soldiers, and two Latvian soldiers were at the outpost. It appears the 20 Afghan soldiers abandoned their positions once the shooting began, leaving Romesha, his fellow soldiers, and their Latvian counterparts to fight the fight.
Romesha exposed himself to great danger, observing the battlefield under heavy fire numerous times during the attack. After doing so, he would run inside the barracks, retrieve specific personnel and bring them out with him to help target the enemy.
Romesha personally “took out an enemy machine gun team and, while engaging a second, the generator he was using for cover was struck by a rocket propelled grenade, inflicting him with shrapnel wounds.”
Wounded, “he mobilized a five man team, which he led back to the battle.”
According to reports, at one point “Romesha and his team ran 100 meters under fire to recover the bodies of their fallen comrades.”
His citation reads:
With complete disregard for his own safety, Romesha continually exposed himself to heavy enemy fire as he moved confidently about the battlefield, engaging and destroying multiple enemy targets, including three Taliban fighters who had breached the combat outpost’s perimeter.
Thank you, Staff Sergeant Romesha. We at Breitbart News are humbled by your courage and grateful for your sacrifice.