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North Dakota Army vet receives Medal of Honor

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President Barack Obama is awarding the Medal of Honor to an Army veteran for his courageous leadership during a day-long firefight in Afghanistan.

Former Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha is being recognized Monday at the White House for his actions during the attack on Oct. 3, 2009, on Combat Outpost Keating in the mountains near the Pakistan border. About 50 U.S. troops were at the outpost when it came under fire by hundreds of Taliban fighters. Romesha led a fight against the enemy to protect the camp.

He now lives in Minot, N.D., with his wife and three children and works in oil field safety.

Senators John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Congressman Kevin Cramer today joined in honoring Minot resident and Army Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha at a Medal of Honor ceremony held at the White House.

"Staff Sgt. Romesha went above and beyond the call of duty that day in Afghanistan. He acted with tremendous bravery and with total disregard for his own safety in leading troops during a day-long firefight," the delegation said in a joint statement. "In spite of his heroics, he remains modest and is always eager to recognize the sacrifices of his fellow soldiers above his own. We congratulate Staff Sgt. Romesha for earning this highest distinction and thank him for his courageous example that day and each day that he donned his Army uniform."

Romesha is the fourth living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan. He served for 12 years in the U.S. Army and deployed twice to Iraq and once to Afghanistan.

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