nearvideo President Trump awards Medal of Honor posthumously to Army Staff Sergeant Travis Atkins
Fallen Army Staff Sergeant Travis Atkins’ family, Medal of Honor, accepted for its account and in the White house.
President Trump killed the medal of honor on Wednesday to a U.S. Army staff sergeant, as he subdued a suicide bomber in Iraq in 2007, saving three members of his unit.
Trump, presented the medal –the nation’s highest military award for battlefield bravery to the family of Staff Sergeant Travis Atkins, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White house.
“Today, the name of the staff Sergeant Travis Atkins will be etched next to the name of America’s greatest warriors” Trump said.
Atkin’s son, Trevor, who was 11 at the time of the death of his father, received the medal for his father, together with other members of his family. Trevor remembered the stories his father told him while he was in the army and said the greatest honor of his father received, was the kind words he has heard from his comrades.
“The medal is something that I said very proud of, but it are these words, which I guess most are proud of,” Atkins.
TRUMPF WILL PRESENT THE MEDAL OF HONOR THE FAMILIES OF FALLEN ARMY STAFF SERGEANT WHO SAVED SOLDIERS LIFE IN IRAQ
Atkins, 31, Bozeman, Mont., a member of the army’s 10th Mountain Division from Fort Drum, NY, and was on his second tour of duty in Iraq, at the time of his death.
Atkins deployed to Iraq in 2003, and was later honorably discharged as a sergeant. He re-enlisted in 2005 after attending the University of Montana, and deployed to Iraq again in 2006. He was promoted to Sergeant in may 2007, a month before he was killed.
On 1. June 2007, Atkins was volatile on patrol with his unit, searching for a captured American soldiers in the city of Abu Samak in Iraq’s Anbar province. The unit stopped a pair of suspected insurgents. Leaving the protected cover of his Humvee, Atkins approached the two men and quickly realized that the vest was wearing a suicide.
While in hand-to-hand combat, Atkins forced the militants on the ground, as he tried to blow it up, the vest. Atkins had to protect the insurgents pinned to the ground and used his body as a human shield to his comrades from the Explosion.
According to the White house that brave action saved three members of his unit to this day. The three were on hand for the Wednesday ceremony.
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Atkins’ death came during the bloodiest year for U.S. troops in the campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, with a total area of 764 service members, the death in battle. Those victims, 85 percent were from the army.
The medal of honor of the nation was created, the highest award for bravery, and was only 3,504 men and one woman have been awarded for, during the civil war.
More than half, since the second world war, may be awarded posthumously. The Iraq war is the only conflict in which none of the Medal of Honor recipients – Atkins, the fifth — survived is honored the act of bravery.
Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson and Frank miles contributed to this report.