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Army Sergeant Recieves Medal of Honor

On Tuesday May 13, 2014, Army Sergeant Kyle J. White was awarded by President Obama the Medal of Honor “for his heroic actions in Afghanistan in 2007” (CBS News)

White earned the Medal while serving as a platoon radio telephone operator in the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Nuristan Province. In 2007, White was 20 years old and had almost two years of service experience when Taliban forces ambushed him and his team while headed up a steep incline in an area in Afghanistan known as “ambush alley.”

“Most of White’s team had slid down the hill, but White saw that his fellow soldier Spc. Kain Schilling was badly injured after getting shot in the arm. White helped him apply a tourniquet while shielding Schilling from oncoming fire.” (CBS News)

White placed himself in the line of enemy fire in attempt to help not only Spc Schilling, but also comrade Sgt Phillip Bocks. “‘I saw him out there, that he was exposed and I said basically ‘screw it’ and I got up and ran out to him… I remember thinking to myself I’m not going to make it through this one, you know, because there’s just too much fire, and we’re caught on the side of a cliff. This is it. If I’m not going to make it, then I’m at least going to try to help somebody until it happens.’” (CBS News). Bocks later died from his injuries.

Although the President chose to honor Sergeant White with the nation’s highest military decoration, he does not view himself as heroic. Instead, he believes he was merely doing what his training had taught him and what his instincts made him do.

“Mr. Obama told White, ‘You make us proud, and you motivate all of us to be the best we can be.’” (CBS News)

Here at The Bottom Line, we want to thank you Army Sergeant Kyle J. White for your decision to serve others instead of yourself. We would also like to thank all military men and women who put their lives on the line everyday in order for our Nation to have privilege to the freedoms we continue to enjoy. Thank you for your service.

 

 

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2 comments

  1. Melinda

    Thank you Sergeant White for you service and bravery. Thank all of you, service men and women who are serving our nation by protecting and defending our country.

  2. Thank you Sergeant White for putting your life on the line for your fellow soldiers and our country.Thank all military personnel who do the same.

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