Former army sergeant to receive Medal of Honor for Afghanistan heroism

Windsor Genova – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Washington, DC, United States (4E) – A former army sergeant will receive the Medal of Honor for saving the life of a comrade and calling for air support during an ambush by insurgents in Afghanistan in 2007, according to the White House.

Kyle J. White, 27, of Charlotte, NC will receive the highest U.S. military decoration for bravery during a ceremony at the White House on May 13, the White House said in a press statement on Tuesday.

White, who now works as an investment analyst in Charlotte, will be the seventh living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.

White was serving as a Platoon Radio Telephone Operator assigned to C Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, when his team of U.S. and Afghan National Army soldiers were ambushed by a much larger and more heavily armed Taliban force in a mountainous terrain in Aranas, Afghanistan, on Nov. 9, 2007.

During the ambush, White stopped teammate Spc. Kain Schilling’s bleeding with a torniquet after the latter was shot twice and put him under a tree for cover.

White also braved enemy fire to reach a wounded Marine Sgt. Phillip Bocks and brought him out of the line of fire. Bocks, however, eventually died from his wounds.

White used Schilling and Bocks’ radio to call for artillery and air strikes and rescue. He marked the helicopter landing zone and helped the flight medic put the wounded Americans and Afghans into the helicopter.

Six of 14 American servicemen died during the battle.

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