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Soldier receives Medal of Honor for Afghanistan bravery
Soldier receives Medal of Honor for Afghanistan bravery

On an early July morning six years ago, Army Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts, his arms and legs wounded by shrapnel, single-handedly defended an observation post near the village of Wanat in Afghanistan, preventing it from being overrun in a battle that claimed nine of his fellow soldiers. Injured, alone and rapidly losing blood, Pitts succeeded in using his machine gun and grenades to hold off attackers while sending coordinates to a command post, which allowed airstrikes to hit insurgent forces. ------------ FOR THE RECORD An earlier version of this post said eight of Pitts' fellow soldiers were killed. ------------ On Monday, those acts were rewarded with the Medal of Honor, the...

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