BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) _ Governor Jack Dalrymple (DAHL'-rimp-ul) and other state officials honored Medal of Honor recipient and former U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Clinton Romesha during a standing-room-only ceremony at the state Capitol Thursday.
Dalrymple called Romesha a ``true American hero'' for his courageous leadership during a daylong firefight in Afghanistan. Dalrymple says the state is ``proud to call him a North Dakotan.''
President Barack Obama awarded the medal to Romesha earlier this month in Washington, D.C.
Romesha told the more than 200 people gathered at the Capitol that he is proud of all the soldiers he served with in the military. And, he says, ``It's good to be home.''
Romesha left the Army in April 2011 after nearly 12 years of service. He lives in Minot with his wife and three children and now works in the oil patch.