“I stand here with mixed emotions of both joy and sadness for me today. I don’t think I’m much different than Medal of Honor recipients Sergeant First Class Petry and former Staff Sergeant Giunta and feeling conflicted with this medal I now wear. But joy comes from recognition for us doing our jobs as soldiers on distant battlefields, but is countered by the constant reminder of the loss of our battle buddies, my battle buddies, my soldiers, my friends.
“I accept this tremendous honor on behalf of all soldiers who have served with me that day. This award is for the eight soldiers that didn’t make it and for the rest of the team that fought valiantly and magnificently that day. I will forever be humbled by their bravery, their commitment to service and their loyalty to one another.
“Serving our nation in uniform is a privilege, especially during times of war. Like my grandfather, my father, and my brothers, I am proud to have the opportunity to serve with some of the finest soldiers today, not only during our mission in Afghanistan, but on all my deployments and tours during my 11 years in the Army.”
- former Staff Sergeant Clint Romesha
(from the CNN Washington bureau, please excuse the TV coding above)