Former Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha awarded Medal of Honor for bravery in Afghanistan

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President Obama presented the Medal of Honor to an Army veteran Monday in a White House ceremony attended by the military’s top leaders.

Former Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha was honored for his courageous leadership during a daylong firefight in Afghanistan in 2009, during which he was peppered with shrapnel from a rocket-propelled grenade, the Associated Press reports.

The president recounted the grisly battle near the Pakistan border in which U.S. troops were far outnumbered. He read the names of eight Americans who were killed in the fight.

The former sergeant dismissed his injuries as “nothing” last month during a news conference after the president called to tell him he would receive the award.

“I’ve had buddies that have lost eyesight and lost limbs,” Sgt. Romesha said. “I would rather give them all the credit they deserve for sacrificing so much. For me it was nothing, really. I got a little peppered, that was it.”

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