For only the fourth time since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have started, a veteran from those wars has been awarded the Medal of Honor. And the latest recipient grew up in the Northstate.
Former Army Staff Sergeant Clint Romesha received the Medal of Honor today for "conspicuous gallantry" beyond the call of duty.
The 31-year-old Lake City native was recognized for his actions during a deadly attack on his unit at a remote outpost in Afghanistan in 2009.
More than half of their 53-soldier contingent were killed or wounded, including Romesha who was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade.
The medal of honor is the nation's highest military honor. Before draping the medal, around Mr. Romesha's neck, President Obama recited the former Sergeant's own words.
"We weren't going to be beat that day," Mr. Obama quoted him as saying. "You're not going to back down in the face of adversity like that. We were just going to win - plain and simple."
Romesha is only the fourth living person to receive the Medal of Honor for actions in Afghanistan or Iraq.