"For me, this was a team effort, I’m going to receive it. But it’s not going to be mine. We did it together. No one guy carried that day." Sargent Ryan Pitts received the Medal of Honor Monday for his bravery during what President Obama called one of the fiercest battles of the entire war in Afghanistan. After his outpost came under heavy attack in 2008, the paratrooper became the sole survivor, continuing to defend the post even after all his fellow paratroopers had fallen.
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"People think being alone makes you lonely, but I don’t think that’s true. Being surrounded by the wrong people is the loneliest thing in the world."
Smoke and fire from the explosion of an Israeli strike rise over Gaza City. [Hatem Moussa/AP]