A soldier and his story
by The Anniston Star Editorial Board
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President Barack Obama bestows the Medal of Honor on retired Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha for conspicuous gallantry. Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press
President Barack Obama bestows the Medal of Honor on retired Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha for conspicuous gallantry. Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press
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The daily drone of news from Afghanistan is often repetitive and tiresome. But for the present, Clinton Romesha has snapped that war front-and-center back into our consciousness.

Former Army Staff Sgt. Romesha was awarded the nation’s highest military recognition — the Medal of Honor — Monday during a White House ceremony. Romesha, 31, exhibited remarkable bravery during a firefight with Taliban insurgents in 2009.

According to military reports, Romesha and his fellow U.S. soldiers were outnumbered 53 to more than 300 during an attack on their position at Combat Outpost Keating near the Pakistani border.

Eight U.S. soldiers died in the Taliban attack, and Romesha was among the wounded. But the staff sergeant also killed 10 enemy soldiers and helped retrieve the bodies of several deceased soldiers during the attack.

Romesha joins Salvatore Giunta, Leroy Petry and Dakota Meyer as the fourth living U.S. soldier to receive the Medal of Honor in the war in Afghanistan.

We are eager for the day America’s fighting men and women are out of Afghanistan. It can’t happen soon enough.

Nevertheless, join us in celebrating the service of soldiers such as Clinton Romesha, soldiers who exhibit everything good about the American spirit while facing the unmistakable horrors of war.
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