It was a battle that was to last one full day – a day that ultimately became the deadliest of that year for US troops, leaving eight American soldiers dead and 80 percent of the buildings on the base destroyed.
On Monday, in a ceremony at the White House, Romesha, who was wounded in the battle, was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Obama. Mr. Obama cited the now retired staff sergeant’s “conspicuous gallantry” and adherence to the code of never leaving behind a fallen comrade as he rallied the American force and called in airstrikes to repel the Taliban attackers.
On Tuesday, it was the Pentagon’s opportunity to pay tribute to one of its own as it inducted Romesha into the Hall of Heroes, only the fourth living recipient to be awarded the military’s highest honor for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Romesha “embodies the essence of a soldier, and represents what every man and woman who dons this uniform strives to be,” Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno, the service’s top officer, said during the ceremony.
General Odierno pointed to Romesha’s fellow soldiers from his Bravo troop of the 4th Brigade Combat Team of the 4th Infantry Division, which became one of most decorated units in US military history, earning nine Silver Stars, 18 Bronze Star medals with Valor, and 27 Purple Hearts.