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  • Modoc County native to get Medal of Honor

  • Clinton Romesha, who was born, raised and schooled in Modoc County's Surprise Valley, will receive the nation's highest military honor, the Medal of Honor, during Feb. 11 ceremonies at the White House.
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  • Clinton Romesha, who was born, raised and schooled in Modoc County's Surprise Valley, will receive the nation's highest military honor, the Medal of Honor, during Feb. 11 ceremonies at the White House.
    Romesha, 31, the son of Gary Romesha of Lake City, Calif., and Martishaia Rogers of Vya, Nev., is being honored for actions during combat in Afghanistan in 2009.
    He was born at the family home in Lake City, a community of about 100 people, and went to school in Surprise Valley, graduating from Surprise Valley High in 1999. Surprise Valley is in Northern California, about 50 miles south of Lakeview.
    Romesha enlisted in the Army in September 1999 and left the military in 2011 as a staff sergeant.
    He and his family moved to Minot, N.D., about 18 months ago, where he is security officer for KS Industries, an oil industry-related company.
    According to reports from the Army Times, Romesha was a section leader in the 3rd Squadron, 61st Calvary Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division during the Oct. 3, 2009, attack on Combat Outpost Keating in eastern Afghanistan.
    Eight American soldiers were killed and two others wounded in the 12-hour battle as the squadron of about 50 soldiers was attacked by about 300 Taliban insurgents armed with rocket-propelled grenades, machine guns and rifles.
    The Medal of Honor citation reads, in part, "Undeterred by his injuries, Staff Sgt. Romesha continued to fight and, upon the arrival of another soldier to aid him and the assistant gunner, he again rushed through the exposed avenue to assemble additional soldiers.
    "With complete disregard for his own safety, (he) continually exposed himself to heavy enemy fire as he moved confidently about the battlefield engaging and destroying multiple targets."
    His father and other relatives will attend the White House ceremonies, where the award presented by President Barack Obama will make Romesha the fourth living service member to receive the Medal of Honor for action in Iraq or Afghanistan, according to the citation.
    "Wouldn't miss it for the world," Gary Romesha said of attending the upcoming Washington, D.C., ceremonies with his wife, Diana, Clinton's stepmother, and other family members.
    Also attending the ceremonies will be Clinton Romesha's wife, Tamara, formerly of Cedarville, Calif., and their children, Dessi, Gwen and Colin, all now living in Minot; his mother, Martishaia; Tamara's parents, Kevin and Lorin Small, formerly of Cedarville now living in Minot; and with siblings and friends.
    The attack remains one of the deadliest against coalition forces in Afghanistan and is chronicled in detail in the book "The Outpost" by Jake Tapper.
    Contact Herald and News Regional Editor Lee Juillerat at lee@heraldandnews.com.
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