An Army infantryman who gave his life to shield other soldiers from an insurgent strapped with a bomb will receive the Medal of Honor on March 27, the White House announced March 12.
Staff Sgt. Travis W. Atkins, an infantryman belonging to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, out of Fort Drum, New York, was killed June 1, 2007, while deployed to Iraq. Atkins was previously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the Army's second-highest award for valor. This award represents an upgrade. Read more about the award announcement on Military.com.