The former US soldier who is set to be awarded the Medal of Honor next week is credited with saving the life of an Iowa soldier in Afghanistan.
Sergeant Kyle White of Washington state will receive the medal from President Obama on May 13th.
In November 2007, White’s unit was ambushed in Afghanistan.
Despite the gunfire and explosions around him, White maintained radio contact and lead rescuers to his position.
Six Americans were killed in the attack, eight others were wounded.
Among those was Army Specialist Kain Schilling, a Cedar Rapids native. He spent a year recovering from his wounds.
He survived thanks to Sgt. White’s actions.