I spoke with former Staff Sergeant Clinton Romesha over the weekend, and as I expected he was completely humble about his pending Medal of Honor and quite sincerely expressed a desire for attention to be given instead to those who were killed during the horrible October 3, 2009 attack on Combat Outpost Keating, as well as to other troops who were brave that day, such as Brad Larson and Tom Rasmussen.
As you no doubt know, all of these troops have their stories told in my book "The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor," and in the coming days and weeks I will work with Ro to have some of these tales shared to an even wider audience.
But for now, there is attention on Romesha (ROE-muh-shay), so we might as well make sure the media has better and more accurate photos of him than the old one the Army put out.
Here are two sent from his fellow troops — for more check out those posted at The Outpost Facebook page:
Photo courtesy of Zach Koppes.
Photo courtesy of Captain Stoney Portis.
More on Ro and his brothers to come —
— Jake Tapper