Former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts to receive Medal of Honor

BY News Desk  July 21, 2014 at 3:13 PM EDT

President Barack Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts during a White House ceremony Monday.

In 2008, Pitts fought off enemy fighters in Wanat, Afghanistan, during one of the war’s bloodiest battles.

Pitts is the ninth living veteran from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to receive the medal.