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Nov 10, 2014 4:10 PM

Nashua, NH, native Ryan Pitts reflects on Medal of Honor


TILTON- Ryan Pitts of Nashua has been awarded the Medal of Honor.

Pitts was nearing the end of his second tour in Afghanistan at the time of the battle of Wanat in July 2008. His company was attacked by nearly 200 enemy fighters.

"I really mean it when I say that the award represents the sacrifices of our team and it is a memorial for the men we couldn't bring home. I wear it for us and for what we did together," said Pitts.

Veterans from generations past said being recognized with an honor of this magnitude is sometimes hard to bare.

"Just regular as if we're home on leave, there was no parades no bands and stuff for us we just got out," said Roger Paris, who served during World War II.

"I honestly wasn't happy about it. It is hard to feel like you deserve anything when we didn't bring home nine guys," said Pitts.

Nine soldiers died and 27 wounded the day Pitts' company was attacked. The medal around his neck serves as a remembrance for the men he calls brothers.

"Nothing will ever replace them and I think about them every day and what they did. I look at my son and I know that my son is here because of the sacrifices that they made," said Pitts.

The award makes Pitts the ninth living recipient of the sixteen honorees since the 9/11 attacks in 2001.


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