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Vet given highest honor for continuing to fight

Posted: July 22, 2014 at 4:10 a.m.

President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Honor to Ryan M. Pitts, 28, of Nashua, N.H., in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Monday.

Bleeding from both legs and his arm, Ryan Pitts kept firing at about 200 Taliban fighters, even holding onto his grenades an extra moment to ensure the enemy couldn't heave them back. On Monday, President Barack Obama draped the Medal of Honor around his neck, in a White House ceremony that also paid tribute to his nine platoon comrades who died that summer day in 2008 in Afghanistan.

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