“Charlottean” receives Medal of Honor Award recognition presented by Barack Obama
ByCBS NEWSMay 13, 2014, 3:35 PM
Blogged by: Shaderra Terry
President Obama awards Army Sergeant Kyle J. White for his wonderful heroic deeds in Afghanistan in the year 2007. White was serving as a platoon radio telephone operator with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Nuristan Province when his team of U.S. and Afghan National Army soldiers was ambushed by a much larger, more heavily armed Taliban force. White was knocked unconscious by an enemy RPG, and when he came to, he realized he was separated from most of his platoon. White put himself in the line of fire to assist two of his fellow soldiers who were seriously wounded.
In Nov. 9, 2007 — when White was just 20 years old and 21 months into his service — he and his platoon of 13 other American soldiers were attacked. They were walking up a steep hill after a meeting with Afghan elders and headed into an area known as “ambush alley.” The platoon returned fire, but an enemy grenade knocked White out. After he awoke, enemy rounds sent shrapnel into his face. Most of White’s team had slid down the hill, but White saw that his fellow soldier Spc. Kain Schilling was badly injured after getting shot in the arm. White helped him apply a tourniquet while shielding Schilling from oncoming fire. Sergeant White explains, “The rounds are still coming in left and right, and cracking right past you,” White told CBS News’ David Martin. “The amount of fire that was coming in, you know, I did my job I was trained to do, just like everybody else, and I identified how bad the wound was and tried to treat it on the spot. And the amount of blood I saw, I put a tourniquet on his upper arm and then began to return fire to the enemy.”
Then White saw that Marine Sgt. Phillip Bocks was also wounded badly and unable to join White and Schilling behind the small tree where they were staked out.
White recalled, “I saw him out there, that he was exposed and I said basically ‘screw it’ and I got up and ran out to him… I remember thinking to myself I’m not going to make it through this one, you know, because there’s just too much fire, and we’re caught on the side of a cliff. This is it. If I’m not going to make it, then I’m at least going to try to help somebody until it happens.”