Trump to award posthumous Medal of Honor to Iraq War hero

President TrumpDonald John TrumpNational Archives says it altered Trump signs, other messages in Women's March photo Dems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process Democratic lawmaker dismisses GOP lawsuit threat: 'Take your letter and shove it' MORE on Wednesday will award the Medal of Honor, the highest military award for bravery against an enemy, to an Army staff sergeant who gave his life shielding three soldiers from a suicide bomber, according to The Associated Press.

Staff Sgt. Travis Atkins of Bozeman, Mont., was killed in June 2007 after covering an Iraqi suicide bomber’s body with his own, which officials said saved the lives of the three soldiers. He was 31 years old at the time of his death.


Atkins was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions, which the Pentagon would later upgrade to the Medal of Honor after a review beginning in 2016, according to CNN.

Trump will present the medal to Atkins’s son, Trevor Oliver; Atkins’s parents Jack Atkins and Elaine Atkins will also attend the ceremony along with several of his fellow service members.

The ceremony will mark the first Medal of Honor Trump has awarded since October 2018, when he awarded it to Ret. Sgt. Major John Canley, who took control of his unit in Vietnam after its commander was severely wounded and saved 20 Marines during the Battle of Hue in 1968.

"In one harrowing engagement after another, John risked his own life to save the lives of those under his command," Trump said during the ceremony.