Yesterday, President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to former Army Staff Sergeant, Ryan M. Pitts.
Pitts received the medal for 'conspicuous gallantry' after he held a small outpost in eastern Afghanistan BY HIMSELF as hundreds of insurgents tried to overrun his base in July 2008.
The incident was dubbed The Battle of Wanat, something the Army later declared a 'strategic failure'.
Nine soldiers, including Pitts were defending the small post, just outside the larger base. All but Pitts died during heavy fire. Another soldier rushing to his aid was killed. Pitts, critically wounded and unable to stand, managed to hold the post.
After the ceremony, in the White House driveway, Pitts made this statement:
"Valor was everywhere that day, and the real heroes are the nine men who made the ultimate sacrifice so the rest of us could return home. It is their names, not mine, that I want everyone to know.
Spc. Sergio Abad, Cpl. Jonathan Ayers, Cpl. Jason Bogar, 1st Lt. Jonathan Brostrom, Sgt. Israel Garcia, Cpl. Jason Hovater, Cpl. Matthew Phillips, Cpl. Pruitt Rainey, and Cpl. Gunnar Zwilling.
Thank you. The Chosen few.”
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