U.S. Marine 1st Sgt. Maurice Bease honors the memory of the first African-American Medal of Honor recipient. Pfc. James.
Army Sergeant Awarded Medal of Honor
A former Army staff sergeant whose only goal during a bloody battle in Afghanistan six years ago was to kill as many enemy fighters as possible before he was himself killed was awarded the Medal of Honor Monday at the White House. Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts of New Hampshire was presented the medal Monday by President Obama in the White House as family members, friends from his former unit and other Medal of Honor recipients watched. The July 2008 battle pitted 48 soldiers of 173rd Airborne Brigade against about 200 enemy fighters who attacked their small base near the village of Wanat in Afghanistan.