Charlotte man to Receive Medal of Honor -

Charlotte man to Receive Medal of Honor

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Washington D.C. - A former Army Sergeant living in Charlotte will receive the Medal of Honor next month.

On May 13, 2014, President Barack Obama will award Kyle J. White, a former active duty Army Sergeant, the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry.

Caroline Fountain spoke with Kyle's father Curt White. His voice was filled with excitement over the news.

Curt said his son has endured many difficulties, among them post traumatic stress disorder and a brain injury.

Nonetheless, he says Kyle has been strong and successful, recently graduating from UNC Charlotte and landing a job as an investment analyst with RBC - Royal Bank of Canada.

Curt and his wife Cheryl live on the West Coat in Washington State. Curt says it's difficult being so far away from their son, but he says Kyle has a strong support system and network of friends in Charlotte.

Kyle's father says he spoke with his son last night to share the excitement. He will be visiting his son in Charlotte this fall for the Bank of America 500.

White, 27, is a Seattle native and will become the seventh living recipient of the nation's highest military decoration. He and his family will join the President at the White House for the ceremony. Here's his Army profile.

White will receive the Medal of Honor for his disregard of his own life while trying to save the lives of a Marine and two fellow Soldiers after his team of 14 U.S. Soldiers and squad of Afghan National Army soldiers were set up and ambushed by a much larger and more heavily armed Taliban force who engaged in a three-prong attack from elevated ground. Here's a detailed account of the attack and White's heroic actions.

Here's the Memorial Program of those who died in the same attack.

At the time of the operations he was assigned to C Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade.

White separated from the Army on July 8, 2011. He is currently working as an investment analyst for a bank in Charlotte.

The Medal of Honor is awarded to members of the Armed Forces who distinguish themselves by going above and beyond while engaged in action against an enemy of the United States.

To be eligible for the award, the conduct must involve great personal bravery or self-sacrifice. It will distinguish the individual above his or her comrades and involve the risk of life.

White enlisted in the Army in February 2006 as an Infantryman. He completed training at Ft Benning, and was assigned to Vicenza, Italy, with 2nd Battalion (Airborne) 503rd Infantry "The Rock" as a grenadier and rifleman. That assignment included a combat tour to Afghanistan from May 2007 until August 2008.

After Italy, White was assigned as an opposing forces Sergeant with the Ranger Training Battalion at Ft Benning.

Sergeant White deployed in support of the War on Terror with one tour to Afghanistan. His heroic actions were performed during a dismounted movement in mountainous terrain in Aranas, Afghanistan.

White has received many awards including a Purple Heart.

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