Medal of Honor recipient tells his story in Williston

Published: Nov. 13, 2019 at 10:28 PM CST
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Former Staff Sgt. Clint Romesha received our Nation’s highest military decoration from Former President Barack Obama in 2013; the Medal of Honor. Romesha told his story, and relived the Battle of Kamdesh, at Williston State College Wednesday night.

Hundreds of people fell silent as he recounted the events of October 3, 2009, referred to as one of the most intense battles in the entire Afghanistan war.

He and his 52 other fellow soldiers woke up to 300 Taliban attacking them from the mountains surrounding their low-ground outpost. Despite his wounds from flying shrapnel, he took out teams of enemy machine gunners, covered for injured comrades so they could get aid, and moved through enemy fire, pushing forward so the Taliban could not steal the bodies of fallen soldiers for propaganda. Every fallen soldier was accounted for and brought home that day.

Romesha retired from the military and moved to North Dakota in 2011, and was awarded the medal of honor for going above and beyond his call of duty. He says he isn’t the real hero, and that’s why he goes around speaking to those who will listen.

“That’s what kind of attracted me to North Dakota, is they truly understand the service and sacrifice, but for me tonight, it’s those eight guys who gave up their lives, paid the ultimate sacrifice," said Romesha.

Private First Class Kevin Thompson, Sgt. Michael Scusa, Sgt. Joshua Kirk, Sgt. Christopher Griffin, Staff Sgt. Justin Gallegos, Staff Sgt. Vernon Martin, Sgt. Joshua Hardt, and Specialist Stephan Mace all willingly gave their lives during that battle.

Romesha says he misses the camaraderie he experienced during his time in the military, but spending his time serving and advocating for other veterans is the greatest honor.