WASHINGTON -- The White House says President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to a former Army sergeant for courageous actions in Afghanistan.
Kyle J. White will be the seventh living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for service in Iraq and Afghanistan. White currently lives in Charlotte, N.C. and will receive the honor at the White House on May 13. White spent more than a year on a combat tour in Afghanistan.
He's being honored for his actions as a platoon radio telephone operator during a Nov. 9, 2007 combat operation in northeastern Afghanistan's Nuristan Province. The White House did not provide specific details about White's actions.
The Medal of Honor is awarded to service members who distinguish themselves above and beyond the call of duty.
Statement from NC Senator Kay Hagan on White's award: "I congratulate Army Sergeant Kyle White on being awarded our nation's highest military honor. Sergeant White's actions during a long and bloody night in the Nuristan province of Afghanistan saved American lives and exemplified the highest values of the United States Army. Sergeant White fought through multiple injuries, concussions and steady enemy fire to drag a wounded Marine to safety and treat another soldier who had been badly injured. Sergeant White's bravery and heroism in combat are a testament to his commitment to service and dedication to his country. We are proud to have veterans like him in our state, and I know that North Carolina is better, safer and stronger because of his service."
Sergeant White will be the seventh living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.