Kyle White: Real heroes gave all

Medal of Honor recipient Kyle White wears a K.I.A bracelet with the names of six fellowservicemen who made the ultimate sacrifice while fighting the enemy in Aranas, Afghanistan, alongside him. Some of them he only knew in passing, some were good friends, but all of them were his brothers in arms.

“I just want their names to be known,” he said during an interview with VA News, “and the story of what happened that day to be known. Because, you know, it’s only one story, but it’s a significant one.”

Their names, engraved onto the metallic memorial he wears on his right wrist, will be as linked to his story as the Medal of Honor will be, and White wants to make sure they are always remembered as heroes. He says everything he’s done in life since November 9, 2007, has been to both make them proud and uphold their legacy of service.

“I feel like the world needs to know what happened that day and what they did for our country,” he said. “I’m not the hero that day … the heroes are those that gave their lives in defense of their country.”









Reynaldo Leal

– Reynaldo Leal is a public affairs officer for VA’s office of Digital Media Engagement and member for the VAntage Point’s staff. He is a proud Marine Corps Veteran who deployed to the Al Anbar Province with 3rd Battalion 5th Marine Regiment in 2004 and 2006. He also took part in some of the heaviest fighting during Operation Phantom Fury in 2004.


  1. Derek Johnson    

    I salute the heroes that you honor Sgt. Kyle White. Thank you for your service, and theirs. Respectfully, Derek J. Johnson, United States Air Force Veteran, 1987-1992.

  2. Shelton Baise    

    to have someone by your side when you are hurt…to know they are at risk by being there with you…is the ultimate comfort…and to do this without obligation, you honor our humanity.

  3. Donna M. Zaharevitz    

    Thank You Kyle White, for all that you did to protect all of us. We soon forget all our service men who do so much for all of us. you gave up a lot, saw a lot and asked nothing in return from any of us. I come from a service family,and do work with our veterans,
    I again want to Thank You, and wish you well.
    Most Sincerely
    Donna Zaharevitz

  4. Dr John N Hatfield    

    Seeing Kyle White tell is story and receiving the Medal of Honor for his service and sacrifice is something all Americans should see and realize what our young people are doing to keep us safe and free.

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