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July 21, 2014 at 9:05 AM

Veteran to receive Medal of Honor today, invites fallen Bothell soldier’s mother to attend

President Obama will present the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest decoration for battlefield valor, to Ryan M. Pitts, a former

Carlene Cross will attend Sgt. Ryan Pitts' Medal of Honor ceremony. Pitts says her son, Cpl. Jason Bogar, died after saving his life. (Photo by John Lok / The Seattle Times)

Carlene Cross will attend Sgt. Ryan Pitts’ Medal of Honor ceremony. Pitts says her son, Cpl. Jason Bogar, died after saving his life. (Photo by John Lok / The Seattle Times)

Army staff sergeant who fought off enemy fighters during one of the bloodiest battles of the Afghanistan war despite his own critical injuries.

Ryan Pitts of Nashua, N.H., will receive the medal during a White House ceremony Monday. Pitts, 28, will become the ninth living recipient of the medal for actions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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

A Seattle-area woman will attend the Medal of Honor ceremony at Pitts’ invitation. Her son was killed in the battle for which Pitts is being recognized, and Pitts says the soldier helped save his life.

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