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Obama awarding Medal of Honor to retired Army captain


WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is awarding the nation's highest military honor to a former Army captain who tackled a suicide bomber while serving in Afghanistan in August 2012.

Florent Groberg is being credited with saving fellow soldier's lives with his actions. He was also badly injured in the attack, which killed four people.

The 32-year-old soldier spent nearly three years recovering at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Thursday's ceremony at the White House will mark only 10th time a living service member has received the Medal of Honor for actions in Afghanistan or Iraq. Seven more were posthumously awarded the medal.

Groberg was born in Poissy, France, in 1983. He became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2001, the same year he graduated from high school in Maryland.

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