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Kyle J. White

Kyle Jerome White (born 1987) is a former United States Army soldier, and is the seventh living recipient of the Medal of Honor from the War in Afghanistan.[1]

Kyle Jerome White
Kyle White.jpg
SGT White in mid-2007, before his deployment to Afghanistan
Born 1987 (age 30–31)
Seattle, Washington
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 2006–2011
Rank Army-USA-OR-05.svg Sergeant
Unit US Army 2nd BN-503rd Inf Reg Flash.svg503 Inf Rgt DUI.gif 2nd Battalion 503rd Infantry
173AirborneBCTCSIB.jpg 173rd Airborne Brigade
Battles/wars War in Afghanistan
Awards Medal of Honor
Purple Heart

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BackgroundEdit

White was born in 1987.[2] He enlisted in the Army on February 15, 2006, attending basic training, advanced individual training, and U.S. Army Airborne School consecutively, at Fort Benning, Ga.[2] White's military education includes the Combat Life Saver Course, U.S. Army Airborne School, U.S. Army Air Assault School, the Infantryman Course (One-Station Unit Training), the Primary Leadership Development Course, and the Reconnaissance and Surveillance Leaders Course.[2]

Military serviceEdit

From 2006 to 2008 White was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, and in early 2007 as part of Operation Enduring Freedom was deployed to Aranas, Afghanistan where he served as a platoon radio telephone operator.[2] White's actions on 9 November 2007 were the basis for his receiving the Medal of Honor.[2]

From 2008 to 2010, White was assigned to the 4th Ranger Training Battalion at Fort Benning, and in May 2011 departed the active-duty Army.[2]

Medal of HonorEdit

Prior to the event which lead to the awarding of the Medal of Honor, White noticed that during a Shura "it seemed like every male fighting-age and above was there in attendance."; half an hour later he and his unit were under attack.[3] During the Battle of Aranas on 9 November 2007, White suffered a mild traumatic brain injury from a Rocket-propelled grenade blast and from the subsequent blast of a 120mm mortar round fired by U.S. forces.[1] Although injured himself, White provided assistance to the Soldiers and Marines around him while under heavy fire.[4] He was later diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder, but says he copes with its symptoms by exercising.[1] Through 2014, White's face still had bullet fragments from an AK-47 round that shattered on a rock in front of him.[1]

 
White receiving the Medal of Honor from U.S. President Barack Obama on 13 May 2014, for his actions in Afghanistan on November 9, 2007[5]

After the battle, paperwork regarding a potential Medal of Honor awarding was delayed in the Pentagon.[6] On 14 May 2014, White received the Medal of Honor in a White House ceremony, for administering life saving medical aid to comrades and for radioing situational reports;[5] that battle resulted in five soldiers and a Marine being killed and all eight surviving Americans being wounded.[1] White became the seventh living recipient of the Medal of Honor from either the Iraq War or Afghanistan operations.[7] The following day, White was inducted into the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes by Deputy Defense Secretary Robert O. Work.[8]

Medal of Honor citationEdit

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, March 3, 1863, has awarded in the name of Congress the Medal of Honor to Specialist Kyle J. White, United States Army.

Specialist Kyle J. White distinguished himself by acts of gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a radio telephone operator with Company C, 2nd Battalion Airborne, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade during combat operations against an armed enemy in Nuristan Province, Afghanistan on November 9, 2007.

On that day, Specialist White and his comrades were returning to Bella Outpost from a shura with Aranas village elders. As the soldiers traversed a narrow path surrounded by mountainous, rocky terrain, they were ambushed by enemy forces from elevated positions. Pinned against a steep mountain face, Specialist White and his fellow soldiers were completely exposed to enemy fire. Specialist White returned fire and was briefly knocked unconscious when a rocket-propelled grenade impacted near him.

When he regained consciousness, another round impacted near him, embedding small pieces of shrapnel in his face. Shaking off his wounds, Specialist White noticed one of his comrades lying wounded nearby. Without hesitation, Specialist White exposed himself to enemy fire in order to reach the soldier and provide medical aid.

After applying a tourniquet, Specialist White moved to an injured Marine, providing aid and comfort until the Marine succumbed to his wounds. Specialist White then returned to the soldier and discovered that he had been wounded again. Applying his own belt as an additional tourniquet, Specialist White was able to stem the flow of blood and save the soldier's life.

Noticing that his and the other soldiers' radios were inoperative, Specialist White exposed himself to enemy fire yet again in order to secure a radio from a deceased comrade. He then provided information and updates to friendly forces, allowing precision airstrikes to stifle the enemy's attack and ultimately permitting medical evacuation aircraft to rescue him, his fellow soldiers, Marines, and Afghan army soldiers.

Specialist Kyle J. White. Extraordinary heroism and selflessness above and beyond the call of duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself, Company C, 2nd Battalion Airborne, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, and the United States Army.[9]

Post military careerEdit

In 2013, White received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he majored in finance.[2] He became an investment analyst with the Royal Bank of Canada and in 2013, joined Bank of America Merrill Lynch as a Fixed Income Bond Trader.[2] By 2015, White was still working for the Royal Bank of Canada.[10]

Awards and decorationsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e Zoroya, Gregg (15 April 2014). "Medal of Honor recipient risked all for comrades". USA Today. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Profile: Sergeant Kyle Jerome White". U.S. Army. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Delmore, Eric (14 August 2014). "Medal of Honor winner Kyle White: "The memories are still vivid"". MSNBC. Retrieved 17 April 2018. 
  4. ^ Stan Toler (3 April 2018). The Power of Your Influence: 11 Ways to Make a Difference in Your World. Harvest House Publishers. p. 162. ISBN 978-0-7369-7305-2. 
  5. ^ a b Leipold, J. D. (14 May 2014). "President Presents Medal of Honor to Former Army Sergeant". U.S. Department of Defense. Archived from the original on 20 May 2014. 
  6. ^ Mike Henry (7 June 2016). What They Didn't Teach You in American History Class: The Second Encounter. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. p. 223. ISBN 978-1-4758-1548-1. 
  7. ^ Harper, John (13 May 2014). "Bracelet outshines Medal of Honor at ceremony for Kyle White". Stars and Stripes. Retrieved 17 April 2018. 
  8. ^ Marshall Jr., Tyrone C. "Article: Work Inducts Former Army Sergeant Into Pentagon's Hall of Heroes". U.S. Department of Defense. Archived from the original on May 21, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Transcript: Obama's remarks on Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Kyle White". CNN. 13 May 2014. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  10. ^ Claire A. Hill; Richard W. Painter (19 October 2015). Better Bankers, Better Banks: Promoting Good Business through Contractual Commitment. University of Chicago Press. pp. 10–. ISBN 978-0-226-29319-6.