Video: Staff Sgt. Clint Romesha receives the Medal of Honor

posted at 3:21 pm on February 11, 2013 by Allahpundit

No ordinary battle, no ordinary man: Avail yourself of the Army’s online “battlescape” feature, which takes you step by step through Romesha’s actions the day the Taliban attacked — and briefly entered — Combat Outpost Keating in 2009. The base was attacked on multiple sides, U.S. troops were outnumbered roughly eight to one, several buildings inside the wire ended up on fire, and Romesha himself was injured early in the battle when an RPG hit the generator he was standing on while returning fire. And yet the base was ultimately secured, due in part not to an action he took but six separate actions, not including his effort to recover the fallen — again, while under fire. If you can’t spare 10 minutes to go carefully through the “battlescape,” at least study the last of the 14 slides. Mind-boggling.

Here’s the ceremony at the White House as well as an interview with the man himself describing the action for which he received the Medal to Jake Tapper, who literally wrote the book on this subject. You can watch Tapper’s entire CNN special on the battle for COP Keating right here.

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Congrats!

Bmore on February 11, 2013 at 3:26 PM

A better man than I am.

CurtZHP on February 11, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Saw the entire Tapper piece this weekend.
Mesmerizing.
Took time out for a smoke a a warm Dr.Pepper with the guys.

Jabberwock on February 11, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Not only a superb and most-excellent American, but also a great human being for the lives he saved at willing risk of his own.

Peace to him, and all prosperity and long life.

Liam on February 11, 2013 at 3:28 PM

That fate allows such an eunuch to stand in his back is truly mind-boggling.

Schadenfreude on February 11, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Who gave the ‘stand down’ order…?

Seven Percent Solution on February 11, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Thank you for your service.

I fully expect the paultards to march into this thread and decry his heroism.

nobar on February 11, 2013 at 3:34 PM

That fate allows such an eunuch to stand in his back is truly mind-boggling. Schadenfreude on February 11, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Is fate a person? I mean, you have it making decisions…

Akzed on February 11, 2013 at 3:37 PM

I bet Obama hated doing this.

Liam on February 11, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Caught this on the weekend as well,and what I like to
know,is who`s bright idea,was it to build a US Base,
in a valley,where the enemy had the high ground!

This reminds me of the Vietnam War battle,

Siege at Khe Sanh – a 77 day Siege

http://www.vietnam-war.0catch.com/vietnam_war_khe_sanh.htm

canopfor on February 11, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Who gave the ‘stand down’ order…?

Seven Percent Solution on February 11, 2013 at 3:32 PM

Same people who faked the moon landing, put fluoride in your water and brought down the towers. Satisfied?

lester on February 11, 2013 at 3:43 PM

*position of attention*
*present arms*
*order arms*
*at ease*
*thunderous applause*

Abelard on February 11, 2013 at 3:46 PM

Well,Get Some.

docflash on February 11, 2013 at 3:48 PM

Conclusion

Throughout the day, Romesha understood the risks he was taking, and he knowingly put his life in danger to save the lives of his Soldiers and repel a numerically superior enemy force. Romesha was personally responsible for killing more than 10 enemy fighters with either a Dragunov, an M-4 or an MK-48, and an estimated 30 anti-Afghanistan forces with indirect fire and air support. He also led his men in killing a minimum of five others beyond that. Romesha recovered his fallen Soldiers and preserved the lives of several more. His heroic actions allowed Bravo Troop to reconsolidate on the combat outpost and enabled him to lead the counterattack that secured Combat Outpost Keating.

Schadenfreude on February 11, 2013 at 3:50 PM

Clearly a great credit to himself and his unit. Outstanding work, Soldier.

Now, who’s the genius idiot that determined that location for an improved outpost?

BKeyser on February 11, 2013 at 3:54 PM

amazing. thank you, Sergeant.

Steven McGregor on February 11, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Amazing, amazing heroism in the face of overwhelming odds. Thank you Sergeant…

dominigan on February 11, 2013 at 3:56 PM

“…he pretended his radio was broken”.

The left consider these men “rubes”.

Schadenfreude on February 11, 2013 at 3:57 PM

Schadenfreude on February 11, 2013 at 3:57 PM

They would say he only joined up because he was too stupid to go to College.

CorporatePiggy on February 11, 2013 at 3:59 PM

“American valor is so passé, rubes”.

Schadenfreude on February 11, 2013 at 3:59 PM

Thank you Allah for posting this. There is a reason many consider these Men and Men like them, Our Finest. Good Job Men!

Bmore on February 11, 2013 at 4:02 PM

Hand salute.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 11, 2013 at 4:02 PM

If its okay with you Allah. I would like to give these fine Men a song. Hanging out with the boys.

Bmore on February 11, 2013 at 4:13 PM

I’ve had a chance to see and hear a few Medal of Honor recipients (they will not say “winner”) at a Character and Leadership Conference at USAFA – Sal Giunta, Bud Day, and Leo Thorsness. Clint appears to be the same as all of them – their attitude is pretty much “awe shucks, I only did what anyone else would have done under the circumstances, and I’d gladly give up the medal and anything else to get my fallen comrades back”.
Incredible men.

Lucky for Sal he gets to hand over the Snack O assignment in the Medal of Honor Society, now that Clint is the new guy.
(Comment made by Leo Thorsness at the conference I mentioned above that as the newest and youngest member, Sal was going to be Snack O for a long time.)

dentarthurdent on February 11, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Too bad it couldn’t be presented by a real President.

mojo on February 11, 2013 at 4:17 PM

The word hero is overused. A hero is not someone who admits his sexuality to someone who didn’t care. It isn’t Sandra Fluke begging for someone to pay for her birthcontrol. Those things are selfish things.

This is a hero. Someone who risks his life for no benefit other thant to save the men and women next to him. Bravery is knowing you will probably lose your life, but doing it anyways.

melle1228 on February 11, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Too bad it couldn’t be presented by a real President.

mojo on February 11, 2013 at 4:17 PM

+1000, and with sadness for your being right

Liam on February 11, 2013 at 4:21 PM

He’s not Diverse enough. He’s not gay. He’s not black. He is not Holy Hispanic…

We need Affirmative Action in Medals of Valor. Lower the Standards or at least let’s get a Quota.

Diversity is our Strength.

//Sac

Bulletchaser on February 11, 2013 at 4:24 PM

He should have the medal taken away for shaving such a great mustache.

Armin Tamzarian on February 11, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Romesha even has eyebrows of steel.

Bishop on February 11, 2013 at 4:30 PM

dentarthurdent on February 11, 2013 at 4:13 PM

I think in general that is the attitude in the military so I can imagine that those that do the unthinkable and win the award- have the same attitude.

My husband got a Bronze Star his last time out. It doesn’t have Valor so he hasn’t told anyone. I’m a wife though, so I am still in awe and proud.

melle1228 on February 11, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm………

COP Keating Investigation Findings Released

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2010-02-001

KABUL, Afghanistan (Feb 5) – US Forces Afghanistan (USFOR-A) released the findings from the investigation into the Oct. 3, 2009 complex attack on Combat Outpost (COP) Keating in the Kamdesh district of Nuristan Province, Afghanistan.

Soldiers of B Troop, 3rd Squadron, 61st Calvary heroically repelled a complex attack from an enemy force of 300, killing approximately 150 enemy fighters. The attack resulted in the deaths of eight U.S. Service members and the wounding of 22 more. The investigative report provides facts, findings and recommendations about the incident.

The report determined that commanders must continue to assess the value and vulnerabilities of each COP throughout the rugged terrain of Afghanistan, and made several recommendations to improve coalition tactics. The investigation concluded that critical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets which had been supporting COP Keating had been diverted to assist ongoing intense combat operations in other areas, that intelligence assessments had become desensitized to reports of massing enemy formations by previous reports that had proved false, and needed force protection improvements were not made because of the imminent closure of the outpost. These factors resulted in an attractive target for enemy fighters.

The report also found that the Soldiers and junior leaders fought heroically in repelling an enemy force five times their size. Members of B Troop upheld the highest standards of warrior ethics and professionalism and distinguished themselves with conspicuous gallantry, courage, and bravery under the heavy enemy fire that surrounded them.

Based on the recommendations in the investigation, General Stanley A. McChrystal took appropriate action regarding Army personnel involved. General McChrystal also issued guidance to commanders and NCOs at all levels throughout both ISAF and USFOR-A to ensure the lessons learned from the investigation findings and recommendations were incorporated into current practices to prevent or mitigate future incidents.

To request a copy of the executive summary, please email USFOR-A-MediaRelations@afghan.swa.army.mil

http://www.isaf.nato.int/article/isaf-releases/cop-keating-investigation-findings-released.html

canopfor on February 11, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Since he’s now in the oil/gas fields in South Dakota, I hope Obumble doesn’t put him out of work.

dentarthurdent on February 11, 2013 at 4:32 PM

This was from one of my facebook friends BTW yesterday:

Ok folks I’m on my soap box and pissed. I’m sure you’ve all heard about Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha who is being award the Medal of Honor tomorrow at the White House. My son in-law fought beside Romesha in the COP Keating incident and was INVITED along with other Soldiers from COP Keating to attend this ceremony. As of tonight, he and 10 other Soldiers will now be sent to a CNN location with a “live feed” to watch the ceremony. Why? Because there are Senators who now want to attend. Let me ask my military family out there…..who do you think Staff Sgt. Romesha would want at the presentation, the guys he fought beside at COP Keating or Senators who just want it known they attended? This is really sad……..

melle1228 on February 11, 2013 at 4:35 PM

10 Feb 2010
Remembering the Battle at COP Keating
**************************************

The video below is well worth the study time, and tells us even more first hand information about the battle at Kamdesh, and specifically how the Soldiers at COP Keating responded to the attack. It would be good if the Army released the AR 15-6 investigation, but in lieu of that we can piece together enough information to draw conclusions regarding terrain, combat readiness of the U.S. Army, combat readiness of the Taliban, etc.

Obviously, this was an intense fire fight with ammunition being fired so quickly that shooters were unloading weapons as fast as re-loaders could work. The Taliban were very effective, and notice that one of the first things they did was to render the mortar pits incapable of use due to suppressing fire. They were good shots, had large weaponry (e.g., recoilless rifles), and were very well prepared to occupy good terrain and engage in serious conventional-style combat with U.S. forces.

Video:(7:06)

http://www.captainsjournal.com/2010/02/10/remembering-the-battle-at-cop-keating/

canopfor on February 11, 2013 at 4:35 PM

This is really sad……..

melle1228 on February 11, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Yes – but typical….

dentarthurdent on February 11, 2013 at 4:37 PM

This was from one of my facebook friends BTW yesterday:

Ok folks I’m on my soap box and pissed. I’m sure you’ve all heard about Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha who is being award the Medal of Honor tomorrow at the White House. My son in-law fought beside Romesha in the COP Keating incident and was INVITED along with other Soldiers from COP Keating to attend this ceremony. As of tonight, he and 10 other Soldiers will now be sent to a CNN location with a “live feed” to watch the ceremony. Why? Because there are Senators who now want to attend. Let me ask my military family out there…..who do you think Staff Sgt. Romesha would want at the presentation, the guys he fought beside at COP Keating or Senators who just want it known they attended? This is really sad……..

melle1228 on February 11, 2013 at 4:35 PM

Any way we can find out which senators they were? I’m in the mood to publicly embarrass them, but I fear their sense of shame is long gone.

CurtZHP on February 11, 2013 at 4:42 PM

AR-15 Investigation Summary

Executive Summary – AR 15-6 Investigation re: Complex Attack on COP Keating – 3 Oct 09

http://media.mcclatchydc.com/smedia/2010/02/05/11/Landay.source.prod_affiliate.91.PDF

canopfor on February 11, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Oops,should be AR 15-6,not AR-15.

canopfor on February 11, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Any way we can find out which senators they were? I’m in the mood to publicly embarrass them, but I fear their sense of shame is long gone.

CurtZHP on February 11, 2013 at 4:42 PM

I’ll ask her..and get back to you.

melle1228 on February 11, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Moving.

(Sad AND telling that some -Schadenfreude/mojo – need to use such a noble moment as a platform for the usual lazy snark. As if you don’t have enough opps to riff predictably?)

verbaluce on February 11, 2013 at 4:54 PM

An accident waiting to happen!
================================

From the AR15-6 Investigation Summary:

Combat Outpost (COP) Keating, originally established as a base for a Provincial Reconstruction Team in 2006, was located deep in a bowl in Nuristan Province, surrounded by high ground,

with limited overwatch protection from nearby Observation Post (OP) Fritsche.

The mission for COP Keating during the rotation of B Troop was unclear to the Soldiers of B Troop who understood counterinsurgency doctrine and the need to engage with and protect the local population. But owing to limited manpower and tactical reach off of the compound,

the mission devolved into one of base defense and by mid-2009 there was no tactical or strategic value to holding the ground occupied by COP Keating.

As a result, the chain of command decided to close the remote outpost as soon as it could. Originally scheduled for closure in July-August 2009, COP Keating’s withdrawal was delayed

when the assets required to backhaul base supplies were diverted to support intense brigade-level operations in Barg-e Matal in support of ANSF forces.

Similarly, ISR assets that could have given the Soldiers at COP Keating better situational awareness of their operational environment

were reprioritized to support Barge-e Matal as well as the search for a missing US Soldier in the south.

The delayed closing of COP Keating is important as it contributed to a mindset of imminent closure that served to impede improvements in force protection on the COP.

There were inadequate measures taken by the chain of command, resulting in an attractive target for enemy fighters.

Over time, and without raising undue concern within the US intelligence system, the enemy conducted numerous probing attacks, learning the tactics, techniques and procedures of B Troop,

and pinpointing location of weapons systems and key infrastructure and material, such as generators and barracks.
(more…)
==========

http://media.mcclatchydc.com/smedia/2010/02/05/11/Landay.source.prod_affiliate.91.PDF

canopfor on February 11, 2013 at 5:04 PM

canopfor on February 11, 2013 at 4:31 PM

So, 150/300 killed vs 8/~60, leaving a ratio of 150:52… and it was the remaining 150 that broke. Dang, but our guys can hand it to ‘em when they’re unleashed!

GWB on February 11, 2013 at 5:08 PM

The sad thing is I would normally watch ceremonies like this.

But just could not watch obama standing there like he really cares.

Barred on February 11, 2013 at 5:30 PM

canopfor on February 11, 2013 at 4:31 PM

So, 150/300 killed vs 8/~60, leaving a ratio of 150:52… and it was the remaining 150 that broke. Dang, but our guys can hand it to ‘em when they’re unleashed!

GWB on February 11, 2013 at 5:08 PM

GWB:

My beef,is the position that these brave US Soldiers were in,
and the AR 15-6 investigation proves the ClusterFark!!

(Dang, but our guys can hand it to ‘em when they’re unleashed!)

That,i can`t argue with,yes,the US Military can kick butt,and
thank-fully so!!

canopfor on February 11, 2013 at 5:31 PM

That “battlescape” narrative & pix was chilling and horrifying. Really helps demonstrate what quick strategic & tactical thinking was required and hints at the amazing training our soldiers receive. Those men are true heroes.

KS Rex on February 11, 2013 at 5:36 PM

This is Priceless!!

Raw: Medal of Honor’s Son Steals Show

Published on Feb 11, 2013
**************************

The son of Medal of Honor recipient was the pre-program entertainment before President Barack Obama awarded Medal of Honor to his father, Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha. (Feb. 11)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpUPuE1Kg4E&feature=youtu.be

canopfor on February 11, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Hand salute.

Dr. ZhivBlago on February 11, 2013 at 4:02 PM

READY… TWO!!

Khun Joe on February 11, 2013 at 5:42 PM

This make me proud to be an American. The pride comes from people like this man who is selfless and humble. Sometimes I have trouble feeling that way. We have so many who are so self consumed. A hat tip and a salute to this brave American and those who were with him.

jazzuscounty on February 11, 2013 at 5:43 PM

melle1228 on February 11, 2013 at 4:35 PM

I couldn’t find a list of attendees, but I did find this:

Army officials say Romesha risked his own life multiple times during the fight to fend off enemy fighters, resupply his fellow soldiers and protect wounded comrades. In attendance at a White House ceremony were veterans from the 2009 battle and families of the eight men who died that day.

Romesha paid tribute to those fallen friends after the ceremony, and President Barack Obama recognized the loss each represented to the team and the country.

http://www.stripes.com/army-veteran-romesha-receives-medal-of-honor-for-afghan-fight-1.207463

unclesmrgol on February 11, 2013 at 5:45 PM

unclesmrgol on February 11, 2013 at 5:45 PM

I left my friend a message. Her son-in-law was in the battle. I will see what she says.

melle1228 on February 11, 2013 at 6:00 PM

So even at the end of our blessed republic we field men like this to protect and defend her. Perhaps all is not lost.

IdrilofGondolin on February 11, 2013 at 6:03 PM

Unbelievable bravery and valor in an unbelievable situation. Congrats and a Salute to SSgt Romesha, his Band of Brothers and those that gave their lives that day!!!

dddave on February 11, 2013 at 6:51 PM

lester on February 11, 2013 at 3:43 PM

You’re an idiot.

Solaratov on February 11, 2013 at 7:10 PM

Comm’on all Romesha and his guys really needed was a couple of women in the unit and I’m sure they could have recovered that camp in a snap…I’ve got a mental picture of the girls freaking out when the guy took one in the shoulder and then the look of horror on their faces when Romesha describes how their going to charge into the house…yeah right.

ironmarshal on February 11, 2013 at 7:32 PM

Kids: This is what a REAL hero looks like!

annoyinglittletwerp on February 11, 2013 at 8:06 PM

I salute you, my Brother!!! I am so ashamed that an American Hero like you had to receive your well-deserved honor from a piece of shit like Obama who despises the Military!On behalf of every Military-loving Conservative and true Patriot, I apologize for this travesty. May God Bless you and your family and give you a long and healthy life!!!

Jersey Dan on February 11, 2013 at 8:17 PM

Sorry, I haven’t read all of the comments, but this really bugs me.
I watched part of the ceremony today and I noticed how Obama just had to insert himself into the story.
How HE had written a condolences letter to a mother, and how the mother had thanked HIM for writing the letter.

dverplank on February 11, 2013 at 8:21 PM

Kids: This is what a REAL hero looks like!

annoyinglittletwerp on February 11, 2013 at 8:06 PM

Amen. That’s why I reread my Bantam war books time and again: to remind myself of the true heroes of my nation’s history. The tale of “Taffy 3″ is especially inspiring.

I fully expect the paultards to march into this thread and decry his heroism.

nobar on February 11, 2013 at 3:34 PM

Go jump on a claymore, nobrains. The heroes are the grunts who give
their all following the orders they’re given.

MelonCollie on February 11, 2013 at 8:23 PM

So, 150/300 killed vs 8/~60, leaving a ratio of 150:52… and it was the remaining 150 that broke. Dang, but our guys can hand it to ‘em when they’re unleashed!

GWB on February 11, 2013 at 5:08 PM

I can’t help thinking about a joke story I heard a few years back:
A Taliban unit is marching along the road and they hear a voice from behind a hill yell “hey Taliban weenies, I’m an American soldier all by myself.” The Taliban commander orders 10 men to go get him. There are sounds of a horrible battle for a few minutes, then the voice yells “hey Taliban, I’m still over here all alone”. So the Commander sends 30 men over the hill. After a terrible battle, one Taliban crawls back over the hill and says “don’t send any more, it’s a trap – there’s really 2 of them.”

Maybe it wasn’t a joke – maybe it was about Romesha and his band of true American heros.

dentarthurdent on February 11, 2013 at 8:30 PM

Thank you to a TRUE HERO. Only thing that I hate is that he was awarded this by a traitor!

harvey1 on February 12, 2013 at 12:50 PM

GOD BLESS you and all that serve and protect our country!

harvey1 on February 12, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Just heard he has tuned down offer to sit in Michlle’s box tonight at SOTU address. Good for him!!!

Bullhead on February 12, 2013 at 2:08 PM