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Medal of Honor recipient risked all for comrades

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Kyle White will be only the seventh living recipient of the Medal of Honor from either the Iraq or Afghanistan Wars. His will be the 14th awarded from the conflicts to those living or dead.

Six Americans were killed in the ambush Nov. 9, 2007, along with three Afghan National Army soldiers. All of the other eight U.S. soldiers were wounded.

"I was 100% certain I was going to die that day," says White, who suffered a mild concussion from two nearby explosions.

More than six years passed before the decision to give him the vaunted award — a long period even by the measured pace the Pentagon normally takes.

White says he always knew that receiving a Medal of Honor could change his life. The thought of it brought mixed feelings — humbled by the recognition but sorrowful over the terrible cost it represents.

Totally different story but reminds me of Lone Survivor.

His platoon leader, Matt Ferrara, was a close friend and great guy. His platoon's story is also one of the case study battles for Afghanistan. Brutal terrain, tough missions, and a lot of violence.

Great story. I can't even imagine what it must have been like.

Platoon Radio Operator Kyle Jerome White paused briefly to gauge his chances of reaching a badly wounded Marine.

"I knew he needed help and there was a lot of fire coming in, but it really didn't matter at that point, but by then I already had known, well, s--, we're not gonna' make it through this one,” Ryan later said.

"It's just a matter of time before I'm dead," White said. "I figured, if that's going to happen, I might as well help someone while I can."

He separated from the Army on July 8, 2011, and used his G.I. Bill to attend the University of North Carolina at Charlotte from which he received a bachelor's degree. Today, he works as an investment analyst at The Royal Bank of Canada in Charlotte.

Character is what you do in moments like that one.

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