American hero's act of bravery
Clinton Romesha awarded Medal of Honor
- Duration 5:44
- Date Feb 14, 2013
Clinton Romesha awarded Medal of Honor
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October 3 2009 staff sergeant -- -- yeah.
Was it it was a section leader serving in Afghanistan.
That's when the we he had fifty other soldiers were attacked by the Taliban.
Outnumbered and under fire -- -- helped lead his comrades gets the enemy killing three dozen combatants and saving many of his own man.
Sound extraordinary well it was on Monday he was honored for his heroic actions with the medal of honor.
With us right now staff sergeant remission.
Rumor (%expletive) -- -- from ocean view room Shea joins us now eleventh studio we'll step sorry what was it like.
You know it's just a whirlwind of emotions and just a great experience -- to be there and share with a great group of guys that were you know over their fight with me to see the family fallen.
Embrace them one more time just.
Now to share the whole experience with all the family and friends so how often do you think about the battle that was recognized at the White House.
No there's not you know data goes by.
Reflect on it but always remember you know the good times we had the practical jokes we played you know.
Watching your battle buddies you know step up to the plate and do their job so why why is it and at times in which the average person would turn the other way.
You want -- to -- And still -- helping retrieve those who have already lost their life as well as fighting back.
You know it's just the commitment to duty that you know so many soldiers have you know it's our job that's what we signed up for and and the brotherly love to know that your battle buddies got your back just like you got yours your whole family has a hit as a military tradition.
Yes my grandfather was World War II vet -- home.
Landed in Normandy almost two days after after DA.
My father in Vietnam that.
Did two tours over in Vietnam.
My oldest brother he's an air force my second -- brother Marine Corps.
And then just little -- me and had.
It is did so much.
So this battle comes out you -- country and you Taliban which we know have been much different than the one we're fighting in 2001 by the time to that's -- nine.
Eight years training in Pakistan so they're -- become master guerrilla war fighters you're taking them on directly when did you find out that that battle was chronicled.
That people found out about it and the White House want to recognize it.
Bomb shortly -- after you know we we know it -- hit the news but to refocus the guys on hey we still got nine months over here that was just one moment in time.
We still got a job to do and then it wasn't -- You know late last year that I'd gotten a phone call that.
And I would be awarded the medal of honor only the fourth.
Living recipient of the medal when you look at those who have served before what are your -- who have gotten this before what are your thoughts I mean just great heroes before me that.
I'd I'd at times just like I can't see myself and the same group -- guys but I'm -- so honored that you know so many people think that.
You know I deserve it but there's so many other heroes are so many guys we were there that day that are heroes in their own right and I just want to applaud those guys for.
For me and you know that every day soldiers their heroes and I really appreciate the American public.
And the families back home that support us every day talk about your family back home they had a chance to come down and see that you have -- And three kids.
They were there at the White House we'll kind of sacrifices they made when he served.
You know they've they've done so so much for me my wife Tammy you know yesterday was.
Fire that did did the day of the the ceremony was our thirteenth wedding anniversary and and for her to you know take care stuff back home -- -- overseas really helped me you know focus on the mission at hand.
Know that that rock that support you know.
Was just so amazing that I can lean on her and the military spouses that are that are they're doing that for soldiers every day I just.
I can appreciate him you know enough to you you -- of discipline person your grandfather father military brother still serving.
How do you explain Collins actions -- young senate two years old the middle of the secret ceremony college out of control running up on the stage he actually still on the shelf.
That well I've been trying to bribe -- my other battle buddies that we're there with me that day you know some pretty hard core combat vets -- -- Now -- of take some of the spotlight off me act and it took a two year old to step up to the plate to you know just.
Just be so innocent and just so play format that was really beautiful says he's two -- -- -- up there they found a suit to -- on the.
And even if you think that he has any -- It feels like he's -- all -- that is this that you know being a kid.
And so for you now you're out staff sergeant you're home what's next real.
I'm working up in North Dakota taking -- advantage of the booming out oilfield industry up there.
Trance you know -- I'm working for a great company -- industries.
That has really taken me from -- -- and see on the military.
Not directly stepped into a role in the safety department for them that's exactly the same thing I'm doing you know.
Policies and procedures you know enforcing you know standards and regulations spot checking guys so it's just a great experience in transition into that.
And it's -- -- North Dakota I think it's a minus 1% unemployment gets with the fracking that's going on over there it's pretty -- up that right it's amazing staff sergeant Clinton.
Remission thanks so much for joining us congratulations on the medal of honor and everything you represent what -- -- the -- media.
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