President Obama presented an Army war veteran with the prestigious Medal of Honor Monday.
Former Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha received the award for his courageous leadership during a day-long firefight in Afghanistan that left eight U.S. soldiers dead.
The October 2009 attack happened in the mountains near the Pakistan border. Romesha led the fight to protect a U.S. camp from hundreds of Taliban fighters.
"We weren't going to be beat that day," Romesha told reporters during a January news conference. "And seeing all those guys pull together, I mean you're not going to back down in the face of adversity like that. We were just going to win, plain and simple."
Romesha, who was injured in the attack along with 21 other soldiers, said the wounds he suffered were minor when compared to those of his comrades.
"I've had buddies that have lost eyesight and lost limbs," Romesha said. "I would rather give them all the credit they deserve for sacrificing so much. For me it was nothing, really. I got a little peppered, that was it."
Romesha also served twice in Iraq and is the fourth living person to receive the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.