CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The Army staff sergeant who will receive the nation's highest decoration for battlefield valor will address the news media in his home state of New Hampshire.

Ryan Pitts of Nashua will receive the Medal of Honor next month at a White House ceremony.

The medal citation says Pitts fought off enemy fighters on July 13, 2008 in Wanat, Afghanistan, in one of the bloodiest battles of the war. Despite losing blood from wounds in both legs and an arm, Pitts continued to fire at about 200 Taliban and guided air strikes that helped repel the attack.

Pitts will become the ninth living recipient of the medal for actions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Pitts, who was raised in Mont Vernon, will speak to the media Thursday at the National Guard headquarters.



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