Washington, DC – Former Army Staff Sergeant Ryan M. Pitts will be awarded the Medal of Honor by President Obama on July 21st, the White House announced.
Pitts will receive the honor for his actions during an attack by Taliban forces near the village of Wanat in Kunar Province Afghanistan. He will be the ninth living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.
At the time of the 2008 attack, then-Sergeant Pitts was a Forward Observer in 2nd Platoon, Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment 173rd Airborne Brigade as part of Task Force Rock. His heroic actions were performed at Vehicle Patrol Base Kahler, in the vicinity of Wanat Village.
Nine paratroopers were killed in the attack and 27 were wounded, according to the Army Times. The Battle of Wanat was one of the deadliest of the war.
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