Tonight on CNN, newly minted CNN anchor and chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper takes a look back at one of the deadliest days of the war in Afghanistan.
It's a story told through the eyes of one of America's bravest: Army Staff Sergeant Clinton Romesha. The CNN documentary, "An American Hero" premieres tonight at 10pm Eastern, just days before Romesha will be awarded with the Medal of Honor by President Obama.
This morning on "Starting Point," Tapper explains Romesha's story.
Sergeant Romesha led the defense of a Taliban attack on Combat Outpost Keating in Afghanistan on Oct. 3, 2009.
“It's like a fighter going into the boxing ring, you know,” Romesha tells Tapper in an interview from the documentary. “If you think you're going to lose before you even step into the ring, you've already lost. You're there to win, you're there to fight, AND you're there to, you know - your brothers to your left and right are depending on you, so you don't have that in you.”
On Starting Point, Tapper says, “It's the kind of thing where every time they opened a door to run out to deliver ammunition, a sniper would pick one of them off. There were five guys trapped in a humvee for hours, three men trapped in the mortar pit for hours. The first guy killed was running to a machine gun in the corner of the camp to return fire - killed. It was the deadliest day for the U.S. in Afghanistan that year.”
Check out a preview of the documentary in the clip above.