11 Facts about the nation’s latest Medal of Honor nominee

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Tomorrow, former U.S. Army Sgt. Kyle J. White will receive the nation’s highest military decoration for the heroism he displayed in the Nuristan Province of Afghanistan on Nov. 9, 2007.

On that day, he disregarded his own life while trying to save the lives of a Marine and two fellow Soldiers after his team of 14 U.S. Soldiers and squad of Afghan National Army soldiers were set up and ambushed by a much larger and more heavily armed Taliban force, who engaged in a three-prong attack from elevated ground.

Get to know Kyle White – beyond the Army uniform – by reading these eleven facts:

1.) The only child of a Vietnam-era Special Forces Soldier, Kyle first wanted to join the U.S. Marine Corps in 2006. Kyle’s father convinced him to join the U.S. Army and become a paratrooper.

Spc. Kyle White stands guard at Combat Outpost Ranch House after an enemy attack Aug. 22, 2007. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, with V device, for his actions that day. There were 10 U.S. service members injured the attack that day.

Spc. Kyle White stands guard at Combat Outpost Ranch House after an enemy attack Aug. 22, 2007. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal, with V device, for his actions that day. There were 10 U.S. service members injured the attack that day.

 

2. ) Kyle loves metal music.  His favorite song is War is the Answer by Five Finger Death Punch.

3.) Kyle uses weightlifting and exercise to help him relieve stress.  He calls Nov. 9 the worst day of his life and feels that he is able to cope with the tragedy of that day by committing to make himself strong and healthy through exercise.

4.) Have you ever heard of down-hill mountain-biking?  Sounds dangerous, right?  Kyle loves it! His favorite conventional sport to play is golf.

5.) Kyle recently saw the movie Lone Survivor and was very impressed that a recent motion picture so accurately depicts the war in Afghanistan.

Former Army Sgt. Kyle White deployed to Aranas, Afghanistan, in spring 2007, where he served as a platoon radio telephone operator.

Former Army Sgt. Kyle White deployed to Aranas, Afghanistan, in spring 2007, where he served as a platoon radio telephone operator.

 

6.) Kyle is not afraid to try new things, to include restaurants. You can usually find him and his significant other dining out in Charlotte, N.C.  They also love tasting new beers.

7.) Kyle loves to travel.  His fondest memories are of his time in Budapest, Hungary, but he’s been to Italy, Austria, Croatia, and Germany, too.

8.) After the battle, Kyle dedicated himself to living a full and successful life in honor of the friends and comrades lost that day.  He used the post 9-11 GI Bill benefits he earned as a Soldier to get a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

During a visit to a shooting range, Kyle White wears a t-shirt in memory of those who didn't come home.

During a visit to a shooting range, Kyle White wears a t-shirt in memory of those who didn’t come home.

 

9.) Kyle’s first paying job was mowing lawns for neighbors when he was 12 years old. He now works for the Royal Bank of Canada as an investment analyst.

10.) Kyle is an advocate for giving veterans who use  the  GI Bill “in-state” resident status in order to reduce their out-of pocket costs.

11.) Kyle wears a bracelet on his arm with the names of all the fallen Soldiers of the Nov. 9, 2007 ambush near the village of Aranas.  When he has a tough day, he looks to that bracelet and remembers his battle buddies and finds the strength to go on.

Each of the surviving Soldiers of the Battle of Aranas wears a stainless steel wristband with the names of those who didn't come home: 1st Lt. Matthew C. Ferrara, Sgt. Jeffery S. Mersman, Spc. Sean K.A. Langevin, Spc. Lester G. Roque, Pfc. Joseph M. Lancour and Marine Sgt. Phillip A. Bocks.

Each of the surviving Soldiers of the Battle of Aranas wears a stainless steel wristband with the names of those who didn’t come home: 1st Lt. Matthew C. Ferrara, Sgt. Jeffery S. Mersman, Spc. Sean K.A. Langevin, Spc. Lester G. Roque, Pfc. Joseph M. Lancour and Marine Sgt. Phillip A. Bocks.

 

You can watch Kyle White receive the Medal of Honor LIVE by visiting http://www.dvidshub.net/webcast/4235 at 3 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 13.