Charlotte Man to Receive Medal of Honor for Service in Afghanistan
CHARLOTTE, NC - "At any given moment, I can close my eyes and I can be anywhere in that ambush that day," says Sergeant Kyle White. White says he can still hear the sounds and smell the gunpowder from Afghanistan on November 9th, 2007.
He and his fellow soldiers were met with gunfire after meeting with village leaders in a remote mountain outpost. "I got some shrapnel in my face. I was like, okay, you know, I'm not going to make it through this one," he says.
Sergeant White was knocked unconscious. When he woke up, some of his fellow soldiers were dead. He rushed through enemy fire to help those who were wounded, using his belt as a tourniquet."For the rest of the time, every task I was doing, it was, I wasn't really thinking about it, I knew I just had to get it done,' he says.
For putting himself on the line during the eight-hour battle, White will be awarded the Medal of Honor next month. "When we get put in these situations, I didn't do anything different than any other soldier or any other service member would have done that day if they were put in my shoes. It's just we always fall back on our training and do what we were trained to do," he says.
He wants to continue to share his story to honor and remember those who were lost. "Those are the real heroes of our time. The ones that are protecting us and giving their lives in our defense," he says.
After serving in Afghanistan, White attended college at UNC Charlotte. He now works and lives here as an investment analyst for RBC.