Video: Army Captain Receiving Medal of Honor for Tackling Suicide Bomb

Video: Army Captain Receiving Medal of Honor for Tackling Suicide Bomber

October 26, 2015

Video: Army Captain Receiving Medal of Honor for Tackling Suicide Bomber

Retired U.S. Army Captain Florent "Flo" Groberg is the Army's newest Medal of Honor recipient. Watch the video below as Groberg recounts the details of the day he tackled a suicide bomber in Afghanistan to protect his fellow soldiers.

As a result of his heroic actions, Groberg sustained the loss of 45 to 50 percent of his left calf muscle with significant nerve damage, a blown ear drum, and a mild traumatic brain injury.

According to the official Army website, "Groberg entered the Army in July 2008 and attended Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Ga. He received his commission as an infantry officer, Dec. 4, 2008. After completing Infantry Officer Basic Course, Mechanized Leaders Course, U.S. Army Airborne and U.S. Army Ranger Schools, he was assigned to the 4th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colo., as a platoon leader."

Retired Capt. Florent A. Groberg, will receive the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama, during a White House ceremony, Nov. 12 2015.

 

Army Captain Tackles Suicide Bomber in Afghanistan

On August 08, 2012, the Army’s newest Medal of Honor recipient, retired U.S. Army Captain Florent "Flo" Groberg, was leading a personal security detail when he spotted a suicide bomber in Kunar Province, Afghanistan. Groberg rushed the bomber and threw him to the ground.

The bomber released the dead man’s trigger he was using, but Groberg's actions limited the effects of the blast. Unfortunately four soldiers were killed but if not for the Army Captain's actions, many more soldiers could have been injured or killed that day.

Also, because another suicide bomber hiding nearby was surprised by the explosion caused by Groberg tackling the first suicide bomber, he triggered his own bomb prematurely, which saved more American lives.

As noted above, Groberg sustained the loss of 45 to 50 percent of his left calf muscle with significant nerve damage, a blown eardrum, and a mild traumatic brain injury. Groberg spent his recovery at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center from August 2012 through May 2015. He was medically retired from Company B Warriors, Warrior Transition Battalion, as a captain, July 23, 2015.

Medal of Honor Recipient Tells Story in His Own Words

 

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jim powers
jim powers

February 22, 2016

he is a true Hero, and there are damn few that would have the balls to do the same thing

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