Medal of Honor Winner Has 'Mixed Emotions'
Clint Romesha accepts decoration in White House ceremony
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 11, 2013 3:50 PM CST
Medal of Honor recipient, retired Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha is seen on stage during the ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Feb. 11, 2013.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(Newser) – In an emotional White House ceremony, President Obama today awarded an Afghanistan veteran with the nation's highest military honor, CNN reports. Retired Army Staff Sgt. Clint Romesha accepted the Medal of Honor with his lower lip shaking and eyes moist, saying he was "conflicted" by the medal Obama had placed around his neck. "I stand here with mixed emotions of both joy and sadness today," he said. "The joy comes from recognition from us doing our jobs as soldiers on distant battlefields."

"But it is countered by the constant reminder of the loss of our battle buddies—my battle buddies, my soldiers, my friends." On October 3, 2009, Romesha and 52 other soldiers came under hellish attack from hundreds of Taliban fighters at Combat Outpost Keating in eastern Afghanistan. Strategically stuck in lower ground, Romesha took out an enemy group by machine gun, tended to an injured soldier despite his shrapnel wounds, and led a charge through gunfire to take back an ammunition supply depot. "Our troops should never ever be put in a position where they have to defend the indefensible," said Obama, who described them as "driven by pure love."

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Feb 12, 2013 9:08 AM CST
This story has no details. How long did this fire fight last ? Was he the only survivor ? Did reinforcements eventually arrive ? Who was killed ? Why were they in a valley ? Were there any warning signs that the Taliban were mounting an attack ? Was anyone told ? Did they request reinforcements ? Sounds like just another bungled operation their trying to cover up by turning it into an awards ceremony.
Feb 12, 2013 8:24 AM CST
God Bless America. America is in Afghanistan in order to bring freedom to that place. The Taliban and Al-Qaeda are terrorizing the Afghan people. The terrorists are brutalizing women who want to be able to read and right. The Taliban and Al-Qaeda are the worst form of evil. Thank God American soldiers liberated Afghanistan and helped to advance the lives of Afghan women. America is the best country in the world. God Bless America. Even Jesus loves America. AMEN.
Feb 12, 2013 3:58 AM CST
I live in South Africa. Thank you Staff Sgt. Romesha for helping keep even my part of the world safer.