While Sgt. Ryan Pitts of Mont Vernon recovers at Walter Reed Army Hospital, his mother Kelly is raising money so that Pitts' and his fellow soldiers can fly to Italy for a memorial service. (COURTESY)
NH soldier will get Medal of Honor
Ryan M. Pitts, a former active-duty Army staff sergeant who now works at Oracle Corp. in Burlington, Mass., will receive the nation's highest military award for conspicuous gallantry for his courageous actions while serving during combat operations at Vehicle Patrol Base Kahler on July 13, 2008.
“He and his family will join the President at the White House to commemorate his example of selfless service,” the release states, noting the award ceremony will take place on July 21.
Nine American soldiers died.
According to a report in The Boston Globe, Pitts sustained shrapnel in his arms, legs and chest, but was able to delay the enemy long enough for help to arrive.
“His remarkable poise, toughness and courage despite his critical wounds were instrumental in turning the tide of the battle and preventing further U.S. casualties,” Gov. Maggie Hassan said in a statement. “Because of his heroic actions, our country is safer, our freedom is stronger and many of his fellow soldiers returned home safely to their families.”
“Sgt. Pitts represents the best of our men and women in uniform, and we in New Hampshire are grateful for his service and are proud to call him one of our own,” Shaheen said.
After his recovery, Pitts later graduated with honors from the University of New Hampshire with a business degree. He now works in business development for the computer software industry.