The nation's highest military decoration for valor will be presented to former U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Clint Romesha next month.
Romesha is one of four living men who have served in the Afghanistan-Iraq war to receive the Medal of Honor.
Jennifer Thorgramson reports.
Former U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Clint Romesha addressed cameras with an even tone Wednesday morning.
Smiles passed between he and his wife Tammy.
It's that demeanor that guided Romesha's actions during a 13-hour firefight in Afghanistan --- an armed enemy attack that earned Clint Romesha the highest military decoration for valor.
3790 (Former U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Clint Romesha, Medal of Honor Recipient) "This isn't something that you wake up and think you're ever going to achieve."
Romesha declined to go into detail about the 13-hour firefight at Combat Outpost Keating in Afghanistan on October 3, 2009.
He says it wouldn't do justice for the men that served with him that day.
3770 (Former U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Clint Romesha, Medal of Honor Recipient) "There were 52 other guys there that day. There were eight that didn't make it back. And the honor is to them. It was one team. It was one fight. You can never close that chapter in your life. It's just, what you make of it in the future is what I look forward to. And I hope to honor them in the best way possible."
Romesha retired from the military in 2011 to spend time at home with his young family.
As the son of a Vietnam veteran, Romesha was raised in northeast California, served his country for 12 years, then moved to North Dakota following the prosperity of the Bakken oil boom.
3793 (Former U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Clint Romesha, Medal of Honor Recipient) "I grew up with my grandfather teaching me that your actions speak louder than your words, and to honor the family name. That's all I've ever tried to do in my life and I appreciate everybody for recognizing what they think."
In Minot, Jennifer Thorgramson, KX News.
Romesha will receive the Medal of Honor in a ceremony at the White House on February 11 --- one day before the Romesha's 13th wedding anniversary.