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Medal of Honor awarded to U.S. Army soldier for his bravery in Afghanistan

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - A young veteran from the war in Afghanistan was honored at a ceremony in Washington D.C. Tuesday.

He received the Congressional Medal of Honor, and he was the only recipient during Tuesday's ceremony.

It was a special day for 27 year-old U.S. Army Sergeant Kyle White.

His call sign Charlie 1 6 Romeo, his name, is Kyle White. Tuesday at the White House, White received the military's highest award for valor, the Congressional Medal of Honor.

President Obama laid out the events of November 9th, 2007 when White, who was just 20 years old was on a mission in the rugged mountains of Nuristan Province, Afghanistan with 13 members of his platoon.

"They knew not to stop as they were heading into ambush alley, and that's when they heard a single shot and then another," said President Obama.

The whole valley lit up around the soldiers and Marines. Though wounded himself Army Specialist White, called in air strikes on the enemy positions and stayed with two wounded soldiers.

"Kyle remembers thinking it just a matter of time before I'm dead, I might as well help someone while I can. With bullets all around him Kyle ran to Sgt. Box and pulled him to cover," said President Obama.

When Specialist White spoke later he talked of the five soldiers and one Marine who died in the ambush that day and the bracelet he wears bearing their names.

"This is maybe even more precious than the metal symbol placed around my neck, on it are the names of my six fallen brothers, they are my heroes," said Sgt. Kyle White.

White retired from the U.S. Army in 2011, he graduated from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte with a finance degree. He now works as an investment analyst at a bank in Charlotte.

In his first public discussion of the attack, White says that after the ambush, he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. He urged veterans suffering from PTSD to get help.

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