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New Hampshire army staff sergeant receives Medal of Honor

WASHINGTON (WGME) -- President Barack Obama awards a New Hampshire army staff sergeant with the highest military honor.

The president gave sergeant Ryan Pitts the Medal of Honor for his heroics during a battle in Afghanistan back in 2008.

Sergeant Pitts' unit was attacked by about 200 Taliban insurgents.

Pitts was wounded but he continued fighting, firing at the enemy.

By the time help arrived, Pitts was nearly dead.

He survived, but nine soldiers died, and he says he shares his Medal of Honor with them.

It is remarkable that we have young men and women serving in our military, who day in day out are able to perform with so much integrity so much humility and so much courage, said President Barack Obama. Ryan represents the very best of that tradition.

The families of the fallen soldiers in the attack Pitts survived also attended the Medal of Honor ceremony.

The fallen include:
Specialist Sergio Abad
Corporal Jonathan Ayes
Cpl Jason Bogar
1st Lt. Jonathan Brostrom
Agt Israel Garcia
Cpl Jason Hovater
Cpl Matthew Phillips
Cpl Pruitt Rainey
Cpl Gunnar Zwilling