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Army Vet Awarded Medal Of Honor

Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images

President Obama is honoring a U.S. Army veteran for heroism in Afghanistan. Former Sergeant Kyle J. White is the recipient of the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military decoration.

In a White House ceremony, he was honored for conspicuous gallantry during a 2007 firefight in Afghanistan’s Nuristan Province. The President said White repeatedly put himself in danger while helping others during a fierce battle against Taliban forces.

Under heavy fire, White ran back and forth, treating injuries and using his radio to call for help. At one point, he was knocked unconscious but he recovered and continued trying to help his fellow soldiers. President Obama called White’s actions extraordinary.

White is the seventh living recipient of the Medal of Honor for actions in Afghanistan or Iraq. The 27-year old veteran is a native of Washington state and now lives in North Carolina. (Metro Networks Inc.)

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