Medal of Honor recipient U.S. Army Capt. Florent Groberg got to go to Disneyland on Saturday. He was there to be honored by the Disneyland Resort at its Flag Retreat Ceremony.
Captain Groberg received the Medal of Honor from President Obama on November 12, 2015, for actions in saving lives in Afghanistan in August 2012.
According to the mission report, Groberg was assigned as part of a security detachment for Task Force Mountain Warrior, which was responsible for the safety of 28 coalition military personnel, and civilian officers.
His unit was advancing towaard's the governor's compound in the area, when they neared a small bridge over a canal near the Kunar River.
Their motorcycle escorts suddenly stopped and retreated in the opposite direction, Groberg spotted a lone person walking backwards toward his unit. When that person suddently turned and started towards his unit, Groberg saw he was wearing a suicide vest. He tackled that person and shoved him away.
The suicide bomber detonated his device, the explosion threw Groberg flying nearly 20 feet away, injuring him severely. Though three U.S. Military personnel and a U.S. Foreign Service Officer were killed because of that explosion and one on the other side of the unit by another suicide bomber, it was felt that Groberg's actions prevented what could have been an even greater loss of life.
Groberg spent nearly three years at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center recovering from his injuries prior to his medical retirement in July.
Groberg is the 19th Medal of Honor recipient since the Vietnam War. He was presented with a patriotic Mickey Mouse statue by Disneyland Ambassador Jessica Bernard as part of the ceremony that took place at sun down in Town Square at Disneyland.
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