ceremony at the white house today reminding us all about valor. The medal of honor, given to a staff sergeant who saved so many lives fighting the taliban. Abc's chief white house correspondent... See More
ceremony at the white house today reminding us all about valor. The medal of honor, given to a staff sergeant who saved so many lives fighting the taliban. Abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl was there. Reporter: For clint romesha, a high honor and a heavy burden, for an american hero, leader of a band of heroes through one of the most intense battles of the entire war in afghanistan. Clint, this is our nation's highest military decoration. It reflects the gratitude of our entire country. Reporter: This video was shot by the taliban on the day that army staff sergeant romesha helped stop their attack. More than 300 enemy fighters against his unit of just 53 men defending an outpost the president today called tactically indefensible. These men were outnumbered, outgunned and almost overrun. Reporter: He's credited for retaking the outpost and saving many of his brothers in arms. But more than 20, including romesha, were seriously hurt and eight were killed. Their families were here, and romesha spoke to us about them just before today's ceremony. In doubt your fallen comrades are going to be in that room with you. They'll be there. I just know it. Reporter: Many of his fellow soldiers were here today. Romesha told us the medal belongs to them, too. A somber occasion to be sure. Though romesha's son colin near little stole the show before it started. You're out of the military. What are your dreams, aspirations, hopes now? To be that dad and father, that husband, that really missed out on the 11 years I was in, you know? And to watch them grow up and be successful. Reporter: Jonathan karl, news, the white house. And by the way, the president said little colin was in the oval office before the ceremony, raced around sampling apples before he found one that was just right.
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