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Monday, July 21, 2014

Battle Survivor Receives Medal Of Honor

With his wife Amy watching, Ryan Pitts walks on the stage to talk with reporters in Concord, N.H., last month. (Jim Cole/AP)

With his wife Amy watching, Ryan Pitts walks on the stage to talk with reporters in Concord, N.H., last month. (Jim Cole/AP)

Nine American soldiers died in the Battle of Wanat in 2008. But according to his commanding officers, more men would have been killed if not for the actions of Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts on that day in Afghanistan.

Pitts fought back while badly wounded when hundreds of Taliban fighters attacked Operation Topside, which the soldiers were building in Waygal Valley.

Pitts’ actions, they say, turned the tide of the battle and today at the White House, President Obama will drape the Medal of Honor around his neck.

Pitts, who was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, now lives in Nashua, New Hampshire. He is the ninth living recipient of the nation’s highest military honor. Seven men have been honored posthumously.


  • Ryan Pitts, retired Army sergeant who will receive the Medal of Honor for his bravery in the War in Afghanistan.

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  • Jim

    I am tired of the glorification of war being perpetuated by NPR. All people involved volunteered. They knew, or should have known, what they were getting into. He and the others are paid by the taxpayers, get free medical care, education benefits and retirement benefits. These people should not be honored for a) doing what they signed up to do and, b) doing a good job of killing.

    • Travis

      I am tired of cowards sitting behind their safe and comfy desks, making asinine comments about things they couldn’t possibly comprehend. Go back to hiding under your bridge.

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