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FORMER SOLDIER TO RECEIVE MEDAL OF HONOR

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Kyle J. White To Be Honored For Actions in 2007 Ambush
By Harold Hutchison


A former Soldier will receive the Medal of Honor for his actions during a 2007 ambush in Afghanistan. The award would be the eleventh from Operation Enduring Freedom and fifteenth of the War on Terror, eight have been awarded to living recipients, all of whom served in Afghanistan.


According to multiple media reports, Kyle J. White, who was serving as a radio/telephone operator with the 173rd Airborne Brigade, will receive the Medal of Honor on 13 May, 2014. This is the second Medal of Honor to be announced in as many months. Last month, it was announced that Kyle Carpenter, a medically retired Marine, would receive the Medal of Honor for covering a
grenade to protect a fellow Marine in 2010.


White’s actions took place on 9 November, 2007. His unit had been taking part in a village council alongside an Afghan National Army unit. After the meeting, the American and Afghan troops were hit by fire from multiple directions in an ambush. White spent time during the four-hour battle during the ambush trying to aid three personnel who had been hit, using a single tree on a mountain for cover, and at one point using his own belt as a tourniquet. One of those wounded survived. White, who had been wounded, eventually was able to make contact to call for help.

White left the Army in 2011, and now works as an investment analyst in North Carolina.