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Medal of Honor recipient breaks NYSE gavel

Medal Of Honor Recipient Breaks NYSE Gavel

Former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts is the nation's latest Medal of Honor recipient -- making him only the ninth living person to receive the award. It can be seen on The White House's website.

He was recently invited to ring the closing bell and pound the gavel at the New York Stock Exchange, but it seems the former soldier didn't know his own strength.

As he pounded the gavel for a third time, it broke and a piece flew away from him, shocking the crowd -- and himself.

Pitts was asked to the New York Stock Exchange in recognition of his military service. Six years ago, he battled as many as 200 enemies with his fellow soldiers in Afghanistan. He joined Fox News to talk about it:

"You were to the point where every American was injured or dead. You were alone," a Fox News anchor said to Pitts.

"Yup ... I think about them every day, and probably especially so on that day," Pitts replied.

At one point, Pitts was the only living soldier left at his post. He threw grenades and finally used a grenade launcher to hit the enemy not far away. President Obama quoted a teammate who said without Pitts, the post would have been overrun.

The Daily Beast spoke with another Medal of Honor recipient, Dakota Meyer, who admitted what it takes to get the medal can be haunting.

"What most guys have is the guilt, the frustration, the anger of what happened over there. Guys you lost, brothers and sisters that fell over there next to you, and you made it home. Just the guilt of it. Knowing that you'll never be able to talk to them again."

Pitts says he continued on the battlefield the way he did to honor those who fought until their last breaths. He says he felt he owed it to them.

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gcarlson007 July 24 2014 at 3:24 PM

Did Obama go into his tirade about, how he didn't win that medal, that someone won it for him?

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BIG KAHUNA !! July 24 2014 at 3:25 PM

Sure he's Army? He broke the gavel like a Marine - Hoo-rah!

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leslie July 24 2014 at 3:51 PM

I feel his pain! I have a golf ball with The "O" face on it. I broke my driver hitting it!

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markschupp July 24 2014 at 3:33 PM

Now if whimp wrist Obama would have used the gavel!

No one would have heard a thing.

Semper Fi...Pitts Lol

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Say NO to libs! July 24 2014 at 5:14 PM

Staff Sergeant Ryan M. Pitts =RESPECT=. Thank you for your service Sir.

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don July 24 2014 at 3:37 PM

I do wish who ever wrote the story would have done a small amount of research and they would have found out that Staff Sgt.Pitts - USA ret, was not "only the ninth living person to receive the award" It has been granted to many more than 9 living soldiers. There were at least 25 from Vietnam whom received it while still alive.

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James Zucco July 24 2014 at 3:59 PM


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posthuf July 24 2014 at 3:44 PM

The guilt Dakota Meyers is referring to is called Survivors Guilt, and you don't have to be awarded the Medal of Honor or any other medal to have. A parent who loses a child thru illness, accident, or any other means will feel the same guilt: "Why did I survive and they die? They deserve to live as much or more than I."

I've lived with this since I saw my first brother in arms die in Vietnam in December of 1967. You adjust, you get on with life, but it never leaves you.

It's called Post Trauma Stress Disorder (PTSD), and you learn to understand it, control it, and live with it.

The hardest part is the way your "fellow Americans" treat you. There is soooo much hate and suspicion from one side of our political spectrum, even tho they are the ones who have sent the greatest amount of Americans to war.

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Ban Liberal Dementia July 24 2014 at 4:57 PM

Leave it to AOL wimps to be surprised the retired sergeant had the strength to break the gavel.... of course for the limp wrists who are scribes for the leftist media hack organizations, they'd be surprised (ant outraged) when anyone swung a fly swatter and actually killed a fly.

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patiodaddy July 24 2014 at 3:48 PM

It's a Sign, the Market is going down, way,way down. 10,000-11,000 is where it should be.

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Steve patiodaddy July 24 2014 at 4:29 PM


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katydid579 Steve July 24 2014 at 4:47 PM

Because patiodaddy can't stand it when does anything successfully.

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savannahswithgod patiodaddy July 25 2014 at 9:13 AM

Nah it's on the way to 21,000-20,000 before the Country goes extinct. You want the ones who have destroyed it to make sure they get away from it as far as they can with all the loot they can.

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