Former Bonney Lake Man To Receive Medal Of Honor

Apr 16, 2014

Staff Sgt. Conrad Begaye awards Spc. Kyle White the Combat Infantryman Badge during a ceremony in Nuristan province, Afghanistan, Nov. 6, 2007. The CIB is awarded to Infantry or Special Forces Soldiers who actively engage in ground combat with the enemy.
Staff Sgt. Conrad Begaye awards Spc. Kyle White the Combat Infantryman Badge during a ceremony in Nuristan province, Afghanistan, Nov. 6, 2007. The CIB is awarded to Infantry or Special Forces Soldiers who actively engage in ground combat with the enemy.
Credit Courtesy of Sgt. Kyle White

The White House announced President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to a former Bonney Lake man on May 13, 2014.

The Medal of Honor is awarded to service members who distinguish themselves by gallantry above and beyond the call of duty.

In November 2007, former Army Sergeant Kyle White was serving as a radio-telephone operator in a mountainous region of Afghanistan’s Nuristan province when his platoon was ambushed. The U.S. Army’s official account of that day describes an explosion from a rocket-propelled grenade that knocked White unconscious.

Spc. Kyle White resting from the 20-minute climb up the mountain to the trail home to Bella.
Spc. Kyle White resting from the 20-minute climb up the mountain to the trail home to Bella.
Credit Courtesy of Sgt. Kyle White

A dramatic firefight ensued in which then-Specialist White awoke to find most of the team had moved to a new position to avoid enemy fire.

Despite his injuries, the account says White helped save two of his wounded team members, though one later died.

According to the account, White then sprinted through a hail of bullets to try and help his platoon leader who was already dead when White reached him. A total of six Americans were killed during the fight.

White left the Army three years ago and now works as an investment analyst in Charlotte, N.C.

He was born in Seattle and grew up in Bonney Lake. Both his parents worked for Boeing. The Army says White’s father was in the Special Forces during Vietnam.

White is the seventh living recipient to be awarded the highest military award for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.