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Obama Awards Medal of Honor to Hero of Afghan Battle


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Carrie
- 674 days ago - washingtonpost.com
President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor on Monday to a former Army staff sergeant for his courageous actions in defending a remote combat outpost in eastern Afghanistan from a 2009 insurgent attack that left eight other Americans dead and 22 wounded.



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Arlene Mary Baladi (40)
Monday February 11, 2013, 2:59 pm
EXCELLENT coverage of the award of the Medal of Honor to Staff Sergeant Clinton Romachek. Thank you for oosting this Carrie!
 

Florence Eaise (132)
Monday February 11, 2013, 5:16 pm
A true hero just look at his face so stoic it looks almost as if both he and Obama are choked up true heros never look at themselves as heros but thats all i see when i look at this picture Thanks Carrie for always remembering our troops noted & shared
 

Terry V. (30)
Monday February 11, 2013, 6:02 pm

A, href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=LL-0mdEg0U4">Here's to the HEROES
 

Terry V. (30)
Monday February 11, 2013, 6:03 pm

Here's to the HEROES
 

Jason S. (57)
Monday February 11, 2013, 7:40 pm
Good posting, thanks
 

Past Member (0)
Monday February 11, 2013, 9:38 pm
Blessings and peace to this brave man and to all the troops who served with him. May the families of those whose sons died in the conflict find peace and be proud. God Bless America.
 

Chris C. (151)
Tuesday February 12, 2013, 11:58 am
I watched the ceremony on cSpan and it was extremely moving. After getting his medal, there was a closeup on the face of HERO Clinton Romesha...his face was stoic - until his chin trembled. Thank God he was able to return to his family. His little son, Colin, I think, provided comic relief by playing hide and seek around the podium.
 

Tim C. (2062)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 12:29 am
tks
 

Patricia H. (454)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 5:57 am
noted
 

Pat A. (116)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 7:24 am
"At Combat Outpost Keating in 2009, he and about 50 other Americans, two NATO trainers from Latvia and an Afghan army unit manned a small, vulnerable compound that was surrounded by peaks of the Hindu Kush mountains, from which insurgents routinely fired down at the defenders. U.S. troops likened it to trying to fight from the bottom of a paper cup.

Military leaders came to realize that the post was too difficult to defend and the area too dangerous for provincial reconstruction teams."

Strewth!! It truly was a situation that should never have arisen - don't those in command have maps - ones which show terrain? A heroically brave man with many other heroic people.
 

Elizabeth M. (68)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 1:04 pm
It was nice to see on TV. The President pinning the Medal of Honor on Clinton Romesha. The Staff Sergeant
had stated on TV that he was in charge and he had to do something to get the others going., and was very shaken that 8 of his comrades had died. My sympathies to the family and friends of those who passed.
These soldiers should never have been in this death trap of a camp in the first place - down in a valley with hills on all sides - whoever planned that camp, I feel must never have been to the site of it.
 

Stephanie Reap (192)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 2:52 pm
Something positive for a change. Thank you for your service
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 3:49 pm
Thanks Carrie.
 

Carmen S. (616)
Wednesday February 13, 2013, 6:01 pm
Thanks Carrie, this man deserves much more than a medal.
 
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