SGT Kyle J. White – Medal of Honor

posted at 1:01 pm on May 14, 2014 by Bruce McQuain

Try to remember yourself at the age of 20. Where were you and what were you doing? Now try to imagine yourself in Kyle White’s situation at age 20. A radio-telephone operator with a combat patrol in Afganistan. And imagine getting ambushed and knocked unconscious at the very beginning of the ambush by an RPG as the enemy focused their fire on the command group of the patrol. You wake up to a desperate situation and you find it is all left up to you to act to save that situation.

An Army account of the attack says White, then a 20-year-old Army specialist, and his team of 14 U.S. troops, along with Afghan National Army soldiers, were ambushed Nov. 9, 2007, after attempting to hold a meeting with village elders in the village of Aranas in Nuristan province.

After regaining consciousness from the grenade hit, White found his platoon split by the ambush. Half the team had slid down the cliff for cover. He remained atop with three dead, dying and wounded comrades.

Left at the top with White were platoon leader 1st Lt. Matthew C. Ferrara, Spc. Kain Schilling, Marine Sgt. Phillip A. Bocks, who was imbedded with the group, and its interpreter. White set about trying to assess the condition of his fellow soldiers, running and crawling through gunfire only to find Ferrara dead and Bocks badly wounded. Though he tried to stop Bocks’ bleeding, the Marine later died.

Obama described the drama to an East Room audience of service members, family and White House staff:

“Across Afghanistan, base commanders were glued to the radios, listening as American forces fought back an ambush in the rugged mountains. One battalion commander remembered that all of Afghanistan was listening as a soldier on the ground described what was happening.

“They knew him by his call sign, Charlie-1-6-Romeo. We know it was Kyle, who at the time was just 20 years old and only 21 months into his military service.”

Though suffering from concussions, White treated Schilling’s injuries under the shadow of a lone tree and used one of the unit’s radios to call for help. When a helicopter arrived after nightfall, White only allowed himself to be evacuated after the wounded were assisted.

These narratives only give a small glimpse into what really happened that day. They can never ever are able to convey the true gravity or desperation of the situation. They can never give you an inkling of the intensity or the pressure under which this young man operated. For 4 hours, he was on the top of that cliff facing the enemy virtually alone, while trying to protect the bodies of the dead and keep his wounded comrades alive. And when the Medevac helicopters were finally able to get in to pull he and his comrades out, he made sure the wounded and dead were out before he would go.

Yesterday, President Obama presented this young man the nation’s highest honor for valor – the Medal of Honor. He is the 7th living recipient of the medal for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.

“We pay tribute to a soldier who embodies the courage of his generation,” Obama said.

Following the ceremony, SGT White, who is now retired from the Army, had a few words to say. First he spoke about what the Medal of Honor means to him personally:

“Battles are won by spirit,” he said. “Without the team, there can be no Medal of Honor. That’s why I wear this medal for my team.”

SGT White embodied that spirit and the team.  When asked about a bracelet he wore:

“On it are the names of my six fallen brothers,” he said. “They are my heroes.”

Real heroes rarely see themselves as heroes. And SGT Kyle White is a real hero.

~McQ


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It was perfect that he declared the tag more important than his medal. It has all the names of the fallen on it.

There are real men, but not in DC.

I bet obama cringes every time he has to go through the ceremonies.

Shinseki got rid of the black berets…and started the decline of what the services once were.

Today Shinseki, who’d fire any of his subordinates in the military, is protected by a goon, and his thugs.

Shame on all, especially from Shinseki’s ancestors. They are disgusted with him.

Schadenfreude on May 14, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Thanks for posting this.

John the Libertarian on May 14, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Thank you for the large photo. If anyone deserves it is this soldier. God Bless Him.

NOMOBO on May 14, 2014 at 1:06 PM

Holder will not investigate what travesties happen in the VA.

People are let to die, in order to receive fat bonuses.

All bonuses s/b forbidden in gov’t. You don’t produce a profit; thus, no bonuses, you incredible thugs and leeches of the land.

Schadenfreude on May 14, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Good news story of the day. Thank you HotAir for psoting this.

ToddPA on May 14, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Semper Fi my friend.

MoreLiberty on May 14, 2014 at 1:08 PM

Veterans s/b treated by any hospital, not only after MTFs are overstuffed, or when partying and bonus-receiving thugs say so.

Schadenfreude on May 14, 2014 at 1:08 PM

The other 1%

MoreLiberty on May 14, 2014 at 1:08 PM

when I was 20 I was over in germany most of the way through my contract, had permanently damaged both knees and was just filling the contract as I could not re-enlist.
and that absolutely pales to what this soldier went though.
well done soldier, well done.

dmacleo on May 14, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Valor: strength of mind or spirit that enables a person to encounter danger with firmness : personal bravery

bottle [British slang], bravery, courageousness, daring, daringness, dauntlessness, doughtiness, fearlessness, gallantry, greatheartedness, guts, gutsiness, hardihood, heart, heroism, intestinal fortitude, intrepidity, intrepidness, moxie, nerve, pecker [chiefly British], prowess, stoutness, courage, virtue

Character traits that are becoming rare.

Murphy9 on May 14, 2014 at 1:11 PM

This We’ll Defend.

Salutes to Sgt. White.

hawkdriver on May 14, 2014 at 1:12 PM

Oh, look. 0bama is giving us the finger again.

Nomennovum on May 14, 2014 at 1:13 PM

I salute you Sgt and I apologize that you had to receive the honor from one who has no honor and is a traitor to the oath that you and your team held and valued. Hand salute…..

crosshugger on May 14, 2014 at 1:13 PM

I was serving in the Marines when I was 20, but I didn’t see anything like Sgt. White saw.

Congratulations and thank you for your service.

Mark Boabaca on May 14, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Fix the picture formatting.

Good Lt on May 14, 2014 at 1:15 PM

King Barack was probably more comfortable when he awarded America’s highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom,to Warren Buffet. After all, King Barack would be proud that Buffet donated $1.2-billion to abortion groups from 2001-2012, thus saving all those women/girls from what King Barack sees as “punishment” if they’d had those babies.

NixTyranny on May 14, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Simply amazing… God bless our troops…

mnjg on May 14, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Thank you Sgt Kyle J. White for your service and valor.

Buttercup on May 14, 2014 at 1:22 PM

God bless.

gwelf on May 14, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Thank you for the large photo. If anyone deserves it is this soldier. God Bless Him.

NOMOBO on May 14, 2014 at 1:06 PM

I’d like it better if it wasn’t partially covered by an ad for colon screening.

Buttercup on May 14, 2014 at 1:24 PM

I bet obama cringes every time he has to go through the ceremonies.

Schadenfreude on May 14, 2014 at 1:05 PM

No, you’re the only one cringing.
For most, these ceremonies are way above and outside politics.
Partisans should be humbled…into silence.

verbaluce on May 14, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Fix the picture formatting.

Good Lt on May 14, 2014 at 1:15 PM

Wait, wait. Take a look at the picture. I don’t know about you, but I can still see the recipient’s face, and I don’t have to see Obama.

(To our resident trolls: I respect the office. I do not respect the coward occupying the office.)

There’s good in everything.

Mark Boabaca on May 14, 2014 at 1:25 PM

Following the ceremony, SGT White, who is now retired from the Army, had a few words to say.

You don’t retire from the Army at the age of 25 (when he left active duty).

During a long dark night, Spc. White’s uncommon valor and perseverance saved lives and prevented the loss of U.S. bodies and equipment – Extraordinary and consistently selfless actions by a young paratrooper.
Lt. Col. William B. Ostlund, battalion commander, Task Force Rock, Feb. 20, 2008

Happy Nomad on May 14, 2014 at 1:26 PM

There is a prize to whomever who turns this into a bad thing because Obama was involved.

coolrepublica on May 14, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Fix the picture formatting.

Good Lt on May 14, 2014 at 1:15 PM

I think it’s the ad banners messing up the page.

Here’s the pic.

verbaluce on May 14, 2014 at 1:28 PM

There is a prize to whomever who turns this into a bad thing because Obama was involved.

coolrepublica on May 14, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Why do nearly all of the news headlines about this begin with “Obama” and not “SGT Kyle White”?
It’s always all about the I Me President….

dentarthurdent on May 14, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Partisans should be humbled…into silence.

verbaluce on May 14, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Goebbels, and the college campuses, and related thugs, love you.

Schadenfreude on May 14, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Is it just me, or is it hot in here. Even my eyeballs are sweating.

CurtZHP on May 14, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Wait, wait. Take a look at the picture. I don’t know about you, but I can still see the recipient’s face, and I don’t have to see Obama.

(To our resident trolls: I respect the office. I do not respect the coward occupying the office.)

There’s good in everything.

Mark Boabaca on May 14, 2014 at 1:25 PM

You’re still disrespecting this soldier’s ceremony.
It’s quite possible to just keep your enmity quiet…if but for a few moments on a few occasions.

You can read the full MOH citation here.

verbaluce on May 14, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Here’s the pic.

verbaluce on May 14, 2014 at 1:28 PM

One of them is a real man.

The other one

#BringBackOurBalls — Mark Steyn

Schadenfreude on May 14, 2014 at 1:34 PM

You don’t retire from the Army at the age of 25 (when he left active duty).
Happy Nomad on May 14, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Unless he’s “medically retired” – which would depend on the extent of his injuries.
But more likely the media has it wrong.

dentarthurdent on May 14, 2014 at 1:34 PM

obama has diminished the office.

Nothing to respect any more.

Schadenfreude on May 14, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Partisans should be humbled…into silence.

verbaluce on May 14, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Goebbels, and the college campuses, and related thugs, love you.

Schadenfreude on May 14, 2014 at 1:33 PM

And Goodwin’s law loves you.

verbaluce on May 14, 2014 at 1:35 PM

There is a prize to whomever who turns this into a bad thing because Obama was involved.

coolrepublica on May 14, 2014 at 1:26 PM

Because it brings you to the thread?

slickwillie2001 on May 14, 2014 at 1:35 PM

Mark Steyn

Schadenfreude on May 14, 2014 at 1:34 PM

You can’t be that daft?

verbaluce on May 14, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Jeantel’s “brilliant” husband is married to a dummy.

Also, the Castro brother are missing an idiot, and it’s not Marco Rubio.

To be certain, verbie is not the biggest idiot around HA. There are a handful of Jeantels for backup.

Schadenfreude on May 14, 2014 at 1:37 PM

the Castro brothers

Schadenfreude on May 14, 2014 at 1:37 PM

Verbie, to be called “daft” by you is a compliment.

Schadenfreude on May 14, 2014 at 1:38 PM

CurtZHP on May 14, 2014 at 1:33 PM

Ed was saying the pollen count was high.

Bmore on May 14, 2014 at 1:38 PM

If obama would respect the Soldiers and the Veterans, he’d have the VA investigated, pronto.

Alas

Schadenfreude on May 14, 2014 at 1:40 PM

You’re still disrespecting this soldier’s ceremony.
It’s quite possible to just keep your enmity quiet…if but for a few moments on a few occasions.

You can read the full MOH citation here.

verbaluce on May 14, 2014 at 1:33 PM

I love the pearl-clutching and faux outrage. Leftists don’t give a rodent’s behind about the military. John Kerry was out there campaigning to college students with the admonishment that they needed to do well in school or they’d have to join the military. Obama despises the military and his VA is literally killing veterans. So spare us your faux outrage.

Happy Nomad on May 14, 2014 at 1:42 PM

#BringBackOurBalls, if you want to honor all Soldiers, dead and alive.

Shinseki is the disgust of the services, enabled by obama and Holder.

Schadenfreude on May 14, 2014 at 1:42 PM

Verbie, to be called “daft” by you is a compliment.

Schadenfreude on May 14, 2014 at 1:38 PM

He’s one of those who think they are smarter than the average American….

dentarthurdent on May 14, 2014 at 1:43 PM

Unless he’s “medically retired” – which would depend on the extent of his injuries.
But more likely the media has it wrong.

dentarthurdent on May 14, 2014 at 1:34 PM

According to Obama’s comments at the ceremony it didn’t sound as if he was medically retired. He did another 15 months on active duty before going off to college.

Happy Nomad on May 14, 2014 at 1:44 PM

According to Obama’s comments at the ceremony it didn’t sound as if he was medically retired. He did another 15 months on active duty before going off to college.

Happy Nomad on May 14, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Ya – so I would guess the media just doesn’t have a clue about the differences and what they’re saying.

dentarthurdent on May 14, 2014 at 1:46 PM

“We pay tribute to a soldier who embodies the courage of his generation,” Obama said.

The Irony is overwhelming.

PappyD61 on May 14, 2014 at 1:46 PM

The thug, who’s chief – Drudge:

Feds released hundreds of immigrant murderers, drunk drivers, sex-crimes convicts…
REP: Obama supports ‘worst prison break in American history’…
Impeachable?
36,000 criminals freed while awaiting deportation…
Obama: Amnesty Push Coming in Next ‘Two to Three Months’…

Schadenfreude on May 14, 2014 at 1:50 PM

For most, these ceremonies are way above and outside politics.
Partisans should be humbled…into silence.

verbaluce on May 14, 2014 at 1:24 PM

Unless of course the ceremony is a photo-op with the caskets of 4 Americans killed in Benghazi. Was it way above and outside politics when Hillary spoke to each of the victims families and solemnly promised to prosecute the maker of that terrible video which she claimed was responsible for the deaths of their loved ones? She used those 4 dead Americans as a prop to push a phony meme and cover abhorrent incompetence and corruption. Democrats are not above anything.

Buttercup on May 14, 2014 at 1:52 PM

Democrats are not above anything.

Buttercup on May 14, 2014 at 1:52 PM

The original Underminers.
“I am always below you, but nothing is below me…”

dentarthurdent on May 14, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Happy Nomad on May 14, 2014 at 1:44 PM

wouldn’t read too much into that (even though its probably correct) as I was able to finish contract with injuries that prevented re-enlisting.

dmacleo on May 14, 2014 at 2:12 PM

I am always amazed at these under stated descriptions of what went on. Like not that big a deal but you get the medal anyway.

A friend who was a helicopter pilot in Vietnam described how another pilot who received the award flew his helicopter backwards into a battle five times to rescue men. The whole stories are amazing.

CW20 on May 14, 2014 at 2:17 PM

Another great American!

Sven on May 14, 2014 at 2:29 PM

This is awesome.

And it’s awful that the military/veterans are paid so little, receive sub-standard service regarding their benefits, etc. They deserve to be at the front of the line, not the back.

Midas on May 14, 2014 at 2:34 PM

… and it’s hilarious to watch libs pick and choose when things should be politicized and when they should not, based not on the merits of the situation, but on their own fickle and hypocritical political perspectives.

Perfectly OK to politicize military deaths when libs wish to use them as a club to pound their political opponents, right verbie?

Midas on May 14, 2014 at 2:40 PM

He is one of the few, that’s for sure; a brave and honorable man. There are fewer and fewer, with budget cuts lowering the numbers in all but the navy.

I feel for the students in our local schools whose families are so invested in military service. With an 80% rejection rate, many of them just won’t make the cut, because the cut has become so demanding. It’s unfortunate, because service is a part of their family DNA.

Sitting on their arse during the Pledge, however, isn’t! That’s for the REALLY brave among us. /s

xNavigator on May 14, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Much Respect for SGT Kyle J. White, our nations latest recipient of the Medal of Honor. May you never have to buy a beer for the rest of your life.

You brought much Honor to your team today as you did that fateful day.

HERO is not a description; it is something that lives inside special men. You sir are a Hero. May God bless you and you’re team members, both still living and those that perished.

D-fusit on May 14, 2014 at 3:09 PM

Sgt White in the second soldier from the 2/503 ABCT to be awarded the CMOH – Sgt Sal Giunta once the first (Since Vietnam)This is the unit my son just retired from in Jan. This country should thank God that they still make men like these!

lahlon on May 14, 2014 at 3:40 PM

I can only mirror the comments of many of the above. Would that this true hero could have received the Medal of Honor from a worthy CIC.

vnvet on May 14, 2014 at 7:22 PM

Congratulations. Thank You For Your Service.

Bmore on May 14, 2014 at 11:21 PM

UnFreakingBelievable! This non military African president doesn’t even know what the Medal of Honor represents. He gives them out like they’re bubble gum. I sure hope the actual nomination writeup told a story better than that, because that was not Medal of Honor worthy. Just like Dakota (I have a girls name) Myers who gave his own story, which was refuted by witnesses. Meanwhile, other soldiers have thrown themselves on Grenades to save the team, but get merely a bronze star.

First prerequisite to be President is prior military service, followed closely by American citizenship. Obozo is batting ZERO…

stacman on May 15, 2014 at 12:50 AM

stacman on May 15, 2014 at 12:50 AM

Way out of line with every portion of your comment. I supported these guys in the Korengal and I know the ops they were involved in. My Medevac carried out their wounded and dead. You could still give out another 10-15 MOH for events these men were involved in and still not scratch the surface of the heroics that was routine for them.

I’m not one to tell folks they aren’t allowed to offer an opinion based on whether they served or not, maybe you have. But I’m going to draw the line with dipshits who think they give away an award like the Medal of Honor for no reason. Unless you were one of these 173rd or 82nd Airborne soldiers or young officers that served in the Korengal, you might want to zip it.

hawkdriver on May 15, 2014 at 1:12 AM

“We pay tribute to a soldier who embodies the courage of his generation,” Obama said

The “courage of his generation”? What courage is that? Because I have students about that age, and although I’m fond of them, they are soft. Very soft. This young man serves as an example of courage to his generation.

DrMagnolias on May 15, 2014 at 7:05 AM

He must be a benefactor of “White” priviledge…

Kuffar on May 15, 2014 at 10:26 AM

0bama isn’t worthy even of being in Kyle White’s presence, much less of awarding anything to one so superior to himself.

russedav on May 15, 2014 at 6:44 PM