By Jake Tapper and Chelsea J. Carter
February 8, 2013
Clint Romesha, 31, will receive the Medal of Honor on Monday
The former Army staff sergeant is receiving the medal for actions in Afghanistan
Romesha was a section leader during a fierce battle on October 3, 2009
He told the president that the medal wasn't about him, but everyone who fought
Editor's note: Jake Tapper is an anchor and chief Washington correspondent for CNN. He is author of the best-selling book about Afghanistan, "The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor." Watch "An American Hero: The Uncommon Valor of Clint Romesha" at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET Sunday on CNN.Minot, North Dakota (CNN) -- Staff Sgt. Clint Romesha was taking stock: His small outpost nestled in a remote valley of a mountain range in eastern Afghanistan was under attack by hundreds of insurgents.
Three American soldiers were dead, killed by militant snipers hidden in heavy brush on the side of the mountains.
Three were trapped in a mortar pit. Five more -- two of his close friends included -- lay pinned down in a Humvee, taking heavy fire. Others were badly wounded.
Romesha, who had a hole in his arm from a rocket-propelled grenade, was trying to figure out who was alive and who was dead.
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