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Forum staff reports, Published February 07 2013

Minot Medal of Honor recipient featured on CNN special report tonight

MINOT, N.D. – A former active duty Army staff sergeant from North Dakota, a recipient of the nation’s highest military honor, will be featured tonight on a special CNN interview.

“An American Hero: The Uncommon Valor of Clint Romesha” will air at 9 p.m. CST. Romesha, who lives with his wife and three children in Minot, will head to Washington, D.C., to receive his Medal of Honor on Monday in a ceremony presided over by President Barack Obama.

Romesha, 31, left the Army in April 2011 after nearly 12 years of service.

He is only the 11th service member in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to be awarded the medal. Seven of those 11 were awarded posthumously.

Romesha is being awarded the medal for his actions while serving as a section leader during combat operations against a Taliban attack at Combat Outpost Keating in Afghanistan’s Nuristan Province.

When the outpost was attacked on Oct. 3, 2009, Romesha led a counter attack and helped recover the bodies of his fallen peers. The Taliban assault left eight American soldiers dead and 22 wounded.

For the CNN special, Romesha was interviewed in Minot a few weeks ago by Jake Tapper, a CNN anchor and chief Washington correspondent and formerly of ABC.

Tapper covered the military in Afghanistan and Iraq for many years and also authored the New York Times best-seller “The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor.” The book details the attack on Outpost Keating.