Obama Presents Top Medal To Afghanistan Veteran

FILE - This April 23, 2014 file photo shows U.S. Army Specialist Kyle White during a news conference in Charlotte, N.C. President Barack Obama is presenting the Medal of Honor to a former Army sergeant who saved a fellow soldier's life and helped secure the evacuation of other wounded Americans while under persistent fire during a 2007 ambush in Afghanistan. Obama was to award the medal to Kyle J. White during a ceremony Tuesday at the White House. White, a 27-year-old Seattle native now living in Charlotte, N.C., will be the seventh living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.  (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

FILE – This April 23, 2014 file photo shows U.S. Army Specialist Kyle White during a news conference in Charlotte, N.C. President Barack Obama is presenting the Medal of Honor to a former Army sergeant who saved a fellow soldier’s life and helped secure the evacuation of other wounded Americans while under persistent fire during a 2007 ambush in Afghanistan. Obama was to award the medal to Kyle J. White during a ceremony Tuesday at the White House. White, a 27-year-old Seattle native now living in Charlotte, N.C., will be the seventh living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

WASHINGTON– President Barack Obama is presenting the Medal of Honor to former Army Sgt. Kyle White for heroism during an ambush in Afghanistan in 2007.

White saved a comrade’s life and helped ensure that other wounded survivors of the attack were evacuated.

Obama says White motivates Americans to be the best they can be. He says, quote, “You make us proud.”

White is only the seventh living recipient of the top military award for valor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.

The Army says White was knocked unconscious soon after the ambush began. When he came to, most of his platoon had slid for cover down a cliff. He stayed above to protect a fellow soldier, help direct mortar fire at attackers and mark a landing zone for a medical evacuation helicopter.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

President Barack Obama is presenting the Medal of Honor to a former Army sergeant who saved a fellow soldier’s life and helped secure the evacuation of other wounded Americans while under persistent fire during a 2007 ambush in Afghanistan.

Obama was to award the medal to Kyle J. White during a ceremony Tuesday at the White House. White, a 27-year-old Seattle native now living in Charlotte, N.C., will be the seventh living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.

An Army account of the attack says White and his team of 14 U.S. soldiers, along with Afghan National Army soldiers, were ambushed Nov. 9, 2007, after attempting to hold a meeting with village elders in the village of Aranas in Nuristan province.

During the exchange of fire, White was knocked unconscious. When he came to, he realized that most of his fellow Americans and all of the Afghans traveling with them had slid 150 feet down a rocky cliff for cover.

Left at the top with White were platoon leader 1st Lt. Matthew C. Ferrara, Spc. Kain Schilling, Marine Sgt. Phillip A. Bocks and the group’s interpreter. White set about trying to assess the condition of his fellow soldiers, running and crawling through gunfire only to find Ferrara already was dead and Bocks badly wounded. Though he tried to stop Bocks’ bleeding, the Marine later died.

Suffering from concussions, White treated Schilling’s injuries and used one of the unit’s radios to call for help.

When a helicopter arrived after nightfall, White only allowed himself to be evacuated after the wounded were assisted.

Schilling survived the attack and has told the Army that he planned to attend White’s Medal of Honor ceremony.

White retired from the Army in 2011. He graduated from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte with a finance degree, and he now works as an investment analyst at a bank in Charlotte.

In his first public discussion of the attack, White said that after the ambush, he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. He urged veterans suffering from the illness to get help.

May 13, 3:02 PM EDTAP

 
 

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