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Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 9:44 am, Mon Feb 11, 2013.

He had heard the rumors, but he didn’t know what to expect.

“I didn’t pay much attention,” Clinton Romesha said of chatter that he was being considered for recognition for his role in an Oct. 3, 2009, 12-hour firefight in Afghanistan that took the lives of eight fellow soldiers. Romesha, then a staff sergeant with an Army unit that came under attack by a much larger, well-armed Taliban force, is credited with helping save the lives of several soldiers and, despite his own injuries, helping to direct air support.

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