SURPRISE VALLEY — If it seems like the people in Surprise Valley are standing a little taller and acting a bit prouder, it’s because they’ve got a good reason.
One of their own, Clinton Romesha, 31, will receive the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama during White House ceremonies on Feb. 11.
Romesha is the son of Gary Romesha of Lake City and Martishia Rogers of Vya, a community in the valley’s foothills just across the California-Nevada state line. He grew up in Surprise Valley, attending a local elementary school and graduating from Surprise Valley High School.
He enlisted in the Army after graduation in 1999. He was posted in Germany, South Korea, Colorado and served in Iraq and Afghanistan before leaving the Army in 2011. For the past 18 months, he and his family — his wife Tammy, who also grew up in Surprise Valley, and their children, Dessi, 11, Gwen, 3, and Colin, 1 1/2 — have lived in Minot, N.D., where he oversees field safety KS Industries, an oil industry company.