Former Army Sgt. Kyle J. White received his Medal of Honor Tuesday at the White House for acts of gallantry in Afghanistan.
"You make us proud," President Obama said. "And you motivate us to be the best we ca be as Americans."
White, now a veteran, earned his Medal of Honor at the age of 20 in Afghanistan in 2007. After meeting with Afghan elders, White and his platoon faced an ambush.
"That's when a single shot rang out, then another, then an entire canyon erupted with bullets coming rom what seemed like every direction," Obama said explaining the situation White and his platoon faced. "One of his teammates said it was as if Kyle was moving faster than a speeding bullet."
Six Americans died in the attack.
White has since graduated college and now works at a bank in North Carolina.