NASHUA (CBS) – Six years ago, former Army staff sergeant Ryan Pitts, a Nashua resident, was at war.

Sunday marked the sixth anniversary of the Battle of Wanat – one of the bloodiest in the war in Afghanistan.

It broke out in the early morning of July 13, 2008 and Pitts was badly wounded by grenade shrapnel. His leg was saved by a tourniquet.

Nine men were lost in the battle and 27 were wounded.

But Pitts continued to fight and he’s credited to saving lives and holding the high ground.

On July 21, he will become the ninth living recipient of the Medal of Honor in a ceremony at the White House.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030 will provide a special broadcast from Washington, D.C. that evening.

“There was a time I was by myself but I never felt alone,” Pitts told WBZ. “We were in it together. We were a team and that’s just the way I look at it.”

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Joe Mathieu reports


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