President Obama awards top military honor for bravery to Army captain who tackled suicide bomber

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama said Thursday that a young French-born U.S. Army captain who is the newest Medal of Honor recipient had the instincts and the courage to tackle a suicide bomber in Afghanistan during a moment of selfless bravery, saving the lives of many comrades.

Four people were still killed, and Florent Groberg suffered a leg injury so severe that he needed 33 surgeries to save it.

But Obama said what helped make Groberg a “great runner” during his student days at the University of Maryland also made him a “great soldier.”

Groberg is the 10th living service member from actions in Iraq or Afghanistan to be awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest honor for battlefield bravery.

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald spoke about Groberg during a Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. He said Groberg is emblematic of the sacrifices made by every generation of veterans.
I have always found that every Medal of Honor ceremony is poignant and inspiring.  Army Captain Florent Groberg’s bravery is one such story in the video below.
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President Barack Obama bestows the nation’s highest military honor, the 
Medal of Honor to Florent Groberg during a ceremony at the White House 
Thursday, November 12, 2015

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Thank you Captain Florent Groberg!
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