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Army Sergeant awarded Medal of Honor

A former Army Sergeant was awarded the Nation's highest military decoration for his heroic actions.

President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to Kyle White in Washington D.C. today.

White was serving as a Platoon radio telephone operator in Afghanistan when his team of soldiers was ambushed by a much larger, more heavily armed Taliban force.

After recovering from a grenade hit, white put himself in the line of fire to assist two of his fellow soldiers who were seriously wounded.
Six American service members died in the attack.

"I also wear a piece of medal around my wrist. This is maybe even more precious than the medal symbol just placed around my neck. On it are the names of my six fallen brothers. They are my heroes."

White completed the rest of a 15 month deployment in Afghanistan.
He came back home and trained other young paratroopers as they prepared to deploy.

When he completed his service, with the help of the G.I. Bill, he went to college and graduated, and today works for a bank in North Carolina.

White is the seventh living recipient of the medal for service in Iraq or Afghanistan.