Our Views: A young Army hero

On a mountainside in Afghanistan in 2007, a 20-year-old paratrooper was wounded in an ambush, with his commanding officer and others dead around him.

A radioman, Kyle White was honored by President Barack Obama in the White House recently for his incredible heroism, crawling under fire to help wounded comrades and retrieving a radio — his own was disabled by enemy fire — to call in assistance for the ambushed platoon.

White received the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military decoration. He is the 14th recipient for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The ambush cost the lives of six U.S. and three Afghan Army allies. One desperately wounded Army sergeant lived, because of White’s heroism, and was present at the award ceremony.

We honor White for his service and his example.