Honoring Former Army Staff Sergeant Clinton Romeshaby Representative Kevin Cramer
Posted on 2013-02-06
CRAMER asked and was given permission to address the House for 1
Mr. CRAMER. Madam Speaker, as inadequate as words are in expressing
our gratitude to our American heroes who wear the uniform of our armed
services, I rise to do my best to pay tribute to one very special
soldier from North Dakota.
Former Army Staff Sergeant Clinton Romesha will be presented with the Medal of Honor next Monday by President Obama for ``acts of gallantry and intrepidity,'' becoming only the fourth living recipient for actions in Afghanistan or Iraq. With the help of an assistant gunner, he took out a machine-gun team before sustaining shrapnel from a grenade. The citation recalls his acts of heroism this way: Undeterred by his injuries, Staff Sergeant Romesha continued to fight, and upon the arrival of another soldier to aid him and his assistant gunner, he again rushed through the exposed avenue to assemble additional soldiers. With complete disregard for his own safety, he completely exposed himself to heavy enemy fire as he moved confidently about the battlefield engaging and destroying multiple enemy targets.
This young husband and father not only fought the enemy after sustaining his own wounds, he organized air attacks and provided cover while three of his wounded comrades could get to aid, then pushed on to retrieve the bodies of fallen soldiers.
Madam Speaker, I'm honored to serve in this prestigious assembly, always aware I do so because people like [[Page H377]] Staff Sergeant Romesha serve me and our Nation in ways we can't even imagine. May God bless Mr. Romesha and his family and all of our American heroes who serve the cause of freedom around the world.