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Fort Carson Soldier receives Medal of Honor

Published On: Feb 11 2013 04:01:00 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 11 2013 04:09:41 PM CST
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U.S. Army

WASHINGTON -

A Fort Carson soldier was honored with the nation's highest military decoration of valor on Monday.  

Former Staff Sgt. Clint Romesha received the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama for his courageous leadership during a daylong firefight in Afghanistan.

On October 3, 2009, Romesha and 52 other soldiers came under attack at Combat Outpost Keating in Afghanistan.

"These 53 American soldiers were surrounded by more than 300 Taliban fighters," said President Obama.

President Obama described what he calls unbelievable conditions faced by Romesha and soldiers.

"What happened next has been described as one of the most intense battles of the entire war in Afghanistan," the president continued. "The attackers had the advantage, the high ground, the mountains above, and they were unleashing everything they had; rocket-propelled grenades, heavy machine guns, mortars, snipers taking aim."

Romesha raced to the barracks and grabbed a machine gun. He took aim at one of the enemy machine teams and took it out, said President Obama.

"A rocket-propelled grenade exploded, sending shrapnel into his hip, his arm and his neck, but he kept fighting, disregarding his own wounds and tended to an injured comrade instead," said President Obama.

Romesha kept fighting and saved his fallen friends.

"Clint Romesha lives the soldiers creed, I will never leave a fallen comrade, " said President Obama.

The audience on Monday included relatives of the eight soldiers killed in the battle, Romesha's family and fellow Medal of Honor recipients.

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