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May 13, 2014 6:09 PM by Rob Quirk

President Obama presents top medal to Afghanistan veteran

President Barack Obama today presented 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.

Army Sergeant White was with Company C, 2nd Battalion Airborne, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade.

 

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