Medal of Honor recipient receives stone at memorial
On Oct. 3, 2009, Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha went above and beyond the call of duty. Those actions earned him the nation’s highest military decoration: the medal of honor.
He earned the honor while his force of 85 soldiers defended an attack of around 300 Taliban fighters that surrounded them on three sides. The fight is known as the Battle of Kamdesh. During the struggle, Romesha held his command after being injured in the neck, shoulder and arms by a rocket-propelled grenade.
He received his Medal of Honor in February 2013 from President Barack Obama and was on PSU’s campus on April 25 and 26. While he was here he received a stone inscribed with his name and honor that will be placed in the Pittsburg State Veterans Memorial.
“Walking in there and seeing that memorial just bring up so many emotions, and just to see that recognition, and I know you guys say you’re kind of a small town, but to see that kind of effort and devotion put into a memorial shows what kind of support you get out of these small towns,” he said. “This is the heart of America. It’s right here and it’s just awe-inspiring to be a part of this and witness it.”
While on campus Romesha also visited with ROTC students and students in the construction program because he works in construction since returning from his duty overseas.