Medal of Honor recipient honored by North Dakota
Gov. Jack Dalrymple and First Lady Betsy Dalrymple were joined by Congressional and state officials, veterans, military members and the public on Feb. 21 to honor Minot resident and former U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha who was awarded the nation’s highest military honor for courageous service during an enemy attack in Afghanistan.
President Obama presented Romesha with the Medal of Honor during a ceremony at the White House on Feb. 11.
“What Staff Sgt. Romesha accomplished while wounded and under heavy fire is remarkable,” Gov. Dalrymple said. “He disregarded his own safety to rescue injured soldiers, retrieve the fallen and take the fight to the enemy. He is a true American hero and we are proud to call him a North Dakotan.
Gov. Dalrymple continued, “Staff Sgt. Romesha acted with incredible bravery and this country owes him a great debt of gratitude. We congratulate Staff Sgt. Romesha on receiving the Medal of Honor and we wish him and his family the very best.”
Romesha, 31, is the fourth living recipient of the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for leading the charge against hundreds of Taliban fighters during an Oct. 3, 2009, siege on U.S. troops at a small combat outpost in Afghanistan.
Romesha served for 12 years in the U.S.Army and deployed twice to Iraq and once to Afghanistan. He lives in Minot with his wife, Tammy, and their three children.
Dalrymple presented Romesha with a North Dakota flag that has flown over the state Capitol.
Romesha’s reception, held in the state Capitol’s Brynhild Haugland Room, was well attended by veterans, state officials and many other North Dakotans. Among those attending were Gov. Jack and First Lady Betsy Dalrymple, Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley, Sen. John Hoeven, Congressman Kevin Cramer, Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk, North Dakota adjutant general, and Jim Hatlelid, president of the Minot City Council.