CONCORD, N.H. (WHDH) -
The Medal of Honor recipient who continued to fight after being wounded in one of Afghanistan's bloodiest battles says the medal belongs to all of his comrades who fought and died that day.
Ryan Pitts of Nashua will receive the nation's highest award for combat valor on July 21 at the White House.
"It certainly is our story, not mine. The award belongs to every man that was there that day," Pitts said in a press conference on Thursday.
The medal citation says Pitts, now 28, fought off enemy fighters on July 13, 2008, in Wanat, Afghanistan. Despite losing blood from wounds in both legs and an arm, Pitts continued to fire at about 200 Taliban and guided air strikes that helped repel the attack. In total, nine troopers died in the battle.
"I wasn't certain of how serious my injuries were. I knew we wanted to get a tourniquet on my right leg because of the concern that I might have hit a major blood vessel," Pitts said.
Pitts, who was raised in Mont Vernon, told his story Thursday at the National Guard Headquarters in Concord.
He will become the ninth living recipient of the medal for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan. The Associated Press contributed to this report.