And that, President Obama said in a White House ceremony Tuesday, was what Sgt. Kyle White did in Afghanistan in November 2007. For his “acts of gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty,” Sergeant White was awarded the Medal of Honor Tuesday, becoming the seventh living recipient of that honor for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. That story began when White and his fellow paratroopers from Chosen Company, 173rd Airborne Brigade, were returning to their base in eastern Afghanistan, along a narrow ridge line known as “ambush alley” when they came under attack. Bullets were coming from “what seemed like every direction,” Sergeant White recalled, and the attack was so fierce that he had resigned himself to death, Mr. Obama told an audience that included White’s family, members of his company, and the families of the fallen.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A wildfire that surged amid high heat and dry winds in drought conditions brought evacuation orders for more than 20,000 homes in and around San Diego, but all residents were told they could return home Tuesday night just a few hours later as cooler, calmer darkness fell.