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Published March 02, 2013, 09:22 PM

Most recent Medal of Honor recipient speaks in Grand Forks

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- There's an extra buzz in the air at the annual Fighting Sioux Battalion Military Ball. It had something to do with a special guest speaker, Former Staff Sergeant Clinton Romesha, the most recent Medal of Honor recipient.

By: Kayla Strayer, WDAZ, WDAY

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- There's an extra buzz in the air at the annual Fighting Sioux Battalion Military Ball. It had something to do with a special guest speaker, Former Staff Sergeant Clinton Romesha, the most recent Medal of Honor recipient.

Romesha: "I'm honored to be recognized for what I did on the battlefield."

Recipient of the nation's highest military award..

Josh: He earned the Medal of Honor for his actions during the battle of Keating in Afghanistan back in October of 2009.

Speaking in front of future military leaders.

Peter: We're basically just getting going in our military careers so to sit next to somebody who's earned that it's truly impressive and it's an honor.

More than 200 ROTC students and leaders fill this ballroom to see their personal hero.

"Without further ado, I'd like to introduce staff sergeant Romesha."

Only 11 War on Terror soldiers have received the Medal of Honor, and just two live to accept it.

Romesha: "It's starting to sink in a little but it's still mixed emotions."

He stressed the importance of teamwork.

Romesha: "Without my battle buddies to my left and right, that team effort, we wouldn't have made it."

Josh: "If it weren't for Staff Sergeant Romesha being such a good leader, God only knows what could have happened that day."

Romesha is now retired from the Army and works with an oilfield construction company in Minot.

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