Medal of Honor recipients donate medals to 4th Infantry Division
Two Medal of Honor recipients are honoring the 4th Infantry Division as a whole by donating their original medals they earned in combat.
During the 100th Anniversary, Fort Carson hosted a special ceremony on Thursday for the pair's priceless contribution. The military's highest award was given to former 4th Inf. Div. Soldiers, Staff Sgt. Clinton Romesha, who was awarded the Medal of Honor at the White House on Feb. 11, 2013, and retired Capt. Florent Groberg, who was awarded the Medal of Honor at the White House on Nov. 12, 2015.
Romesha received the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as a section leader with Troop B, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Inf. Div., during combat operations against an armed enemy at Combat Outpost Keating, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan on October 3, 2009. He is the fourth living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan and the first recipient from the 4th Inf. Div. Unfortunately, Romesha was unable to attend the ceremony. Groberg donated both medals in person on Thursday.
"This medal is too big for us," Groberg said.
Groberg received the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while leading a personal security detachment, as the brigade personal security detachment commander for 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, in Kunar Province, Afghanistan on Aug, 8, 2012, when he approached a suspicious individual to detain him and noticed a bomb under the man's clothing. Joined by Sgt. Andrew Mahoney,
Groberg pushed the man to the ground and the bomb exploded. Groberg was seriously injured and later medically retired from the Army. He is the 10th living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan and the third living Medal of Honor recipient who was assigned to the 4th Inf. Div.