Army Vet Awarded Medal of Honor for Afghan Firefight

Former Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha is honored for his actions during 2009 battle with Taliban.
4:01 | 02/11/13

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The president of the United States of America -- authorized by act of congress march 3 to 1863. Has awarded in the name of congress. The medal of honor. To staff Sargent Clinton hill from a -- united states army. For conspicuous gallantry and -- affinity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Staff -- Clinton hill Roma -- distinguished himself by acts of gallantry -- -- rapidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. While serving as a section leader with Bravo troop third squadron 61 cavalry regiment. Fourth brigade combat team fourth infantry division during combat operations against an armed enemy -- combat outpost Keating. Can -- district nearest -- province Afghanistan. On October 3 2009. On that morning staff sergeant Roman -- his comments -- -- an attack by an estimated 300 enemy fighters occupying the high ground on all four sides of the complex. Employing concentrated fire from record -- rifles rocket propelled grenades anti aircraft machine guns mortars and small arms fire. Staff sergeant -- -- moved -- covered under intense enemy fire to conduct reconnaissance of the battlefield. And -- reinforcements from the barracks before returning to action with the support of an assistant Gunner. Staff sergeant -- -- took out an enemy machine and team and while engaging the second the generator he was using for cover was struck by rocket propelled -- Inflicting him with shrapnel wounds. Undeterred by his injuries staff sergeant -- -- continue to fight and upon the arrival of another soldier to aid him and the assistant Gunner. He again rushed through the -- avenue to assemble additional soldiers. Staff sergeant Roman -- then mobilize the five man team and return to the fight equipped with a sniper rifle. With complete disregard for his own safety staff sergeant -- -- 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 -- combat outposts perimeter. While orchestrating a successful plan to secure and reinforce key points of the battlefield staff sergeant -- -- maintained radio communication with the tactical operations center. As the enemy forces attacked with even greater ferocity unleashing a barrage of rocket propelled grenades and recoil -- rifle rounds. Staff sergeant -- she identified the point of attack and directed air support to destroy over thirty enemy fighters. After receiving reports that seriously injured soldiers. Credit distant battle position staff Sargent Roma -- and his team provided covering fire to allow the injured soldiers to safely reach the -- station. Upon receipt of orders to proceed to the next objective his team push forward 100 meters. -- -- overwhelming enemy fire to recover and prevent the enemy fighters from taking. The bodies of their fallen comrades. Staff sergeant Roman -- heroic actions throughout the daylong battle over critical in suppressing an enemy that far greater numbers. His extraordinary efforts gave Bravo -- the opportunity to regroup reorganize and prepare for the counterattack. That allowed the -- to account for its personnel and secure combat outpost Keating. Staff sergeant Roman -- disciplined an extraordinary heroism above and beyond the call of duty. Reflect great credit upon himself Bravo -- third squadron 61 cavalry regiment. Fourth brigade combat team. Fourth infantry division and the united states army.

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