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