Posted: Feb 11, 2013 5:06 PM by Matt Stafford
A former Fort Carson soldier has been given the nation's highest military honor.
Retired Staff Sergeant Clint Romesha was presented with the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama Monday at the White House.
"These men were outnumbered, outgunned, and almost overrun," President Obama said in the ceremony for Romesha. "Looking back, one of them said, ‘I'm surprised any of us made it out,' but they are here today, and I would ask these soldiers - this band of brothers - to stand and accept the gratitude of our entire nation."
Romesha is being recognized for valor shown during fighting at Combat Outpost Keating in the Nuristan province of Afghanistan in October, 2009. Romesha and about 50 other soldiers held off more than 300 Taliban insurgents. They fought for close to ten hours, according to Master Sergeant Ronald Burton who was there that day. He described the fighting, and Romesha's valor, in an interview with News 5 shortly after the announcement of the Medal of Honor came out.
"He was just all over the place," recalls Master Sergeant Burton. "He just reacted and made on the spot decisions. Just snatched up whoever he could, you know; went out and took certain parts of the camp from the enemy and then just defended them and defended everybody else that was there."
"This award is for the eight soldiers that didn't make it, and for the rest of the team that fought valiantly and magnificently that day," Romesha said following the ceremony.
Romesha is the 4th living recipient of the Medal of Honor from the generation of troops who have fought the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; three others have been given the honor posthumously.
Those eight soldiers killed were all assigned to Fort Carson -- the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division. They're listed on the Fallen Soldiers' Memorial at the Mountain Post.
Romesha is now retired from the military and lives with his family in North Dakota.