President Obama Awards Medal of Honor to Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts

Pitts was honored for his heroics during the Battle of Wanat in Afghanistan.
1:58 | 07/21/14

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For our forces in Afghanistan. The battle of one -- was one of the most fierce. This entire war. 48 Americans along -- their Afghan partners were Manning their small base deep in the valley. When they were attacked by some 200 insurgents. Those insurgents seem determined to overrun. And even smaller post just outside the -- and elevated patch of boulders and sandbags. Defended by just nine American soldiers. Soon. Under the relentless fire all -- of these men were wounded or killed. Insurgents broke through the wire. That -- post was on the verge of falling. Giving the enemy -- perch from which to devastate the baseball. Against that onslaught. One American help a -- This 22 years old. Nearly surrounded. Bloodied but -- The soldier we recognize today -- -- our nation's highest military decoration. The medal of honor staff Sargent Brian. It's. -- -- -- -- -- --

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