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Medal Of Honor Recipient Florent Groberg

Medal Of Honor Recipient Florent Groberg


>>Stephen: WELCOME BACK,
EVERYBODY. MY NEXT GUEST JUST RECEIVED THE
CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR FROM PRESIDENT OBAMA. THE COUNTRY’S HIGHEST HONOR FOR
BATTLEFIELD BRAVERY. PLEASE WELCOME ARMY CAPTAIN
FLORENT GROBERG. PLEASE WELCOME ARMY CAPTAIN
FLORENT GROBERG. (CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)
WELCOME. CAPTAIN, THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.>>THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME HERE.>>Stephen: YOU ARE THE TENTH
LIVING SERVICE MEMBER FROM AFGHANISTAN TO BE AWARDED THE
MEDAL OF HONOR WHICH IS THE HIGHEST AWARD FOR BATTLEFIELD
BRAVERY. YOU TACKLED A SUICIDE BOMBER AND
PULLED HIM AWAY FROM A SECURITY DETAIL THAT YOU WERE ON IN
AFGHANISTAN. CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE BIT
MORE ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED THAT DAY?>>YEAH, IT WAS AUGUST 8th,
20126789 I WAS IN CHARGE OF A PERSONAL SECURITY DETAIL FOR AT
THE TIME CORNELL MINGUS. AND WE WERE IN EASTERN PROVINCE
OF KU NAR, AFGHANISTAN. WE WERE GOING OVER FOR A
SECURITY MEETING, WHEN MY TEAM AND I WERE ENCOUNTERED TWO
MOTORCYCLISTS COMING TOWARDS US. WHICH WAS UNUSUAL. SO THE AFGHAN NATIONAL ARMY
ACTUALLY DID A GOOD JOB OF POINTING THE RIFLES. YELLING AT THEM.>>Stephen: THESE GUYS WERE ON
THE ROAD AHEAD OF YOU.>>RIGHT IN FRONT OF US. ONCE THE MOTORCYCLES WERE THERE,
THEY DISMOUNTED AND STARTED RUNNING AWAY. I TURNED TO MY LEFT, THERE WAS A
GUY CAME OUT NOF WHERE. WALKING BACKWARDS, PARALLEL TO
OUR PATROL AND SO HE WAS A THREAT, AT THIS POINT.>>Stephen: WALKING BACKWARDS.>>WALKING BACKWARDS. HE DOES A 180 AND AS SOON AS HE
DOES A 180 HE CUTS TOWARDS US. THAT IS WHEN I LEFT MY POSITION. HE FOLLOWED ME AND YOU KNOW, YOU
JUST REACT. AND MY JOB IS TO PROTECT THE
BOSS. AND PROTECT THE VIPs. AND SO HE WAS A THREAT. YOU HAVE TO ASSESS THE THREAT. I HIT HIM MY RIFLE, GRABBED THE
VEST.>>Stephen: WHEN DID YOU KNOW
HE HAD A SUICIDE VEST ON.>>WHEN I HIT HIM. THAT IS WHEN I KNEW. CUZ I FELT IT. I TOOK MY RIFLE AND HIT HIM. AT THAT POINT I’M LIKE OKAY,
THIS IS REAL. SO THE ONLY THING YOU GOT TO DO
IN THIS CASE IS TO TRY TO GET HIM AWAY AS FAR AS POSSIBLE FROM
THE BOSS BECAUSE YOU KNOW HE’S DANGEROUS. SO YOU KNOW, YOU JUST REACT. AND GRABBED HIM. THREW HIM, WHICH HE– .>>Stephen: AND WE’VE JUST
SEEN ATTACKS IN PARIS AND SUICIDE VESTS HAVE BEEN USED
THERE. AND SUICIDE VESTS HAVE BEEN USED
ALL AROUND THE WORLD. WHERE DID YOU FIND IT IN YOU TO
GRAB SOMEONE THAT YOU KNEW WAS WEARING A DEADLY WEAPON AND DRAG
HIM AWAY KNOWING IT COULD DETONATE.>>IT IS JUST THE WAY WE ARE,
THE WAY WE ARE DESIGNED, THE WAY WE TRAIN, THE WAY WE LOVE EACH
OTHER. IT’S BROTHERHOOD. IT WAS REAL EASY FOR ME TO DO
ANYTHING OUT THERE FOR MY GUY, ESPECIALLY WITH THE CORNELL WHO
I CONSIDERED LIKE A SECRETARY FATHER TO ME. HE MENTORED ME, SO AT THIS POINT
IF ARE YOU OUT THERE EVERY DAY, YOU TRAIN FOR YEARS, YOU LIVE
TOGETHER. YOU GO THROUGH A LOT OF CRAZY
THINGS TOGETHER. AND YOU ARE WILLING TO DO
ANYTHING FOR THESE GUYS. (APPLAUSE).>>Stephen: THERE WERE 28
PEOPLE ON THAT PATROL THAT DAY. 24 OF THEM SURVIVED. FOUR PEOPLE DID NOT. I BELIEVE THE PICTURES RIGHT
HERE. WE HAVE COMMAND SERGEANT MAJOR
KEVIN GRIFFIN, MAJOR TOM KENNEDY, MAIJ DAVID GRAY, AND
RAGIE ANDEL FATAH AU SA FOREIGN SERVICE OFFICER. DO YOU THINK OF THOSE PEOPLE? ARE THEY ALWAYS ON YOUR MIND THE
ONES THAT DIDN’T MAKE IT?>>EVERY DAY. I HAVE THIS BRACELET HERE AS YOU
CAN SEE. I WILL SHOW IT TO YOU IF YOU
WANT TO LOOK AT IT. AND ON THIS BRACELET YOU HAVE
THE GRIFFIN, GRAY, MAJOR KENNEDY, ALL FOUR I.D. AND I
WAKE UP EVERY MORNING AND I THINK ABOUT THEM. I WAKE UP, I GO TO SLEEP EVERY
NIGHT, I THINK ABOUT THEM. I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE, I WAS
GIVEN A SECOND CHANCE. AND I WOULD DO EVERYTHING AND
GIVE BACK EVERYTHING TO HAVE THEM BACK. I WOULD TRADE PLACES WITH THEM. AND ANY SECOND. SO MY GOAL IN LIFE IS TO
REMEMBER THEM AND SPEAK ABOUT THEM LIKE YOU ARE DOING, BY I’M
SO GRATEFUL, SO GRATEFUL. AND BE A BELTER PERSON CUZ I GET
TO LIVE FOR THEM AND FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE, THEY ARE EVERY
DAY THEY WILL BE NEXT TO ME, SUPPORTING ME. AND I WILL MAKE SURE THAT I DO
MY BEST TO HONOR THEM AND THEIR FAMILY
(APPLAUSE).>>Stephen: WHEN DID YOU KNOW
THAT YOU WERE GOING TO SURVIVE? I ASSUME YOU WERE KNOCKED OUT BY
THE BLAST.>>I WAS. I WAS THROWN ABOUT 15 TO 20
FEET. SO I CAME BACK TO IT A COUPLE OF
MINUTES LATER. I WAS IN SHOCK. SO YOU KIND OF– IT COMES BACK
TO YOU AND ARE YOU THERE LAYING ON THE GROUND. I HAD AN ASSAULT BACKPACK THAT
WAS KEEPING ME UP A LITTLE BIT. AND I SAW MY LEG AND I REALIZED
THAT I WAS PROBABLY GOING TO LOSE IT. SO AT THAT POINT I JUST, YOU
KNOW, I ASSESSED THE SITUATION, MORE WOUNDS. AND I LOOKED AT MY LEG. I THOUGHT I MUST HAVE STEPPED ON
AN IED. SO THAT MEANS THAT THIS IS
PROBABLY AN AMBUSH AND THERE IS TBING TO BE SMALL ARMS FIRE UP
NEXT. SO I LOOKED FOR MY RIFLE,
COULDN’T FIND IT TOOK MY PISTOL OUT, MADE SURE IT WAS LOCK AND
LOADED AND IF ANYBODY CAME I WOULD DO MY BEST TO SHOOT THEM
BUT I HAD TO GET OUT OF THE KILL ZONE, SO I STARTED DRAGGING
MYSELF. BUT I WAS LOSING A LOT OF BLOOD. THE REASON I MADE IT IS BECAUSE
BRINKS RAN, PICKED ME UP, GRABBED ME, DROPPED ME TO A
DITCH WHERE MY MEDIC WITH A TORN ACL GAICH ME A TOURNIQUET AND
KEPT ME ALIVE.>>Stephen: I UNDERSTAND YOU
WERE MED EVACKED TO GERMANY AND WHEN YOU WOKE UP, YOU THOUGHT
THAT THE PERSON SPEAKING TO YOU AT YOUR BEDSIDE WHO WAS A NURSE,
I UNDERSTAND OR A DOCTOR, YOU THOUGHT THAT IT WAS THE LEAD
SINGER OF KORN. (LAUGHTER)
THIS IS WHAT YOU THOUGHT YOU WERE SEEING WHEN YOU WOKE UP. WHAT ARE THE SANITARY STANDARDS
IN GERMAN HOSPITALS? (LAUGHTER)
CUZ THAT WOULD TERRIFY ME IF I SAW THAT. YOU ACTUALLY THOUGHT WERE YOU
LOOKING AT THE LEAD SINGER OF KORN.>>IT WAS HIM. IT WAS– IT WAS HIM. “WASHINGTON POST,” YOU KNOW, DID
THIS STORY AND HE REMEMBERS THE DAY. WE WERE UP THERE DOING A CONCERT
FOR THE TROOPS.>>Stephen: IT WAS THE LEAD
SINGER OF KORN?>>YEAH, YEAH! (APPLAUSE)
>>WE’RE LIKE BEST FRIENDS.>>Stephen: WOW. ONE LAST THING, I UNDERSTAND
THAT YOU WERE BORN IN FRANCE.>>YES.>>Stephen: AND THAT YOU SPEAK
FRENCH.>>YES.>>Stephen: IS THERE ANYTHING
YOU WOULD LIKE TO SAY TO THE PEOPLE OF PARIS.>>YES, YOU KNOW, I WILL SAY IT
IN FRENCH FRK THAT’S OKAY. (SPEAKING FRENCH).>>Stephen: CAPTAIN, THANK YOU
FOR YOUR SERVICE AND THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR STORY WITH US.>>THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME HERE.>>Stephen: THANK YOU FOR
BEING HERE. CAPTAIN FLORENT GROBERG, MEDAL
OF HONOR RECIPIENT.


Reader Comments

  1. Excellent captain…4th ID….I was 1-22 4th ID alpha company….was wounded in combat May 23 2006…. steadfast and Loyal….deeds not words

  2. its crazy the things people who move to countries like Canada and the U.S will do for that country even if going against the one they were born in…

  3. Thank you, sir. That made me cry. And thank you, Stephen for trying to uplift the atmosphere while staying aware, sensitive, and respectful.

  4. Stop calling it the congressional medal of honor because it is just the medal of honor. He is a military member not a civilian.

  5. The good thing of being a medal of honor recipient—You don't have to pay the vehicle registration fee for the rest of your life!

  6. Think of all the Iraqi and Afgan children who were murdered by the British and American soldiers.

    All just for profit for the banks.

  7. this soldier is the epitome of a trained protector of our freedom. He went as directed, was asked to protect, and he did for the safety of others in disregard of his own personal well being…God bless you soldier and thank you for protecting us.

  8. Wow I was on patrol headed back to Joyce when we heard and saw the explosions when were spun up for QRF!

  9. I thought T.i waa protecting me as an inmate I guess that your musican you admire or the music that you love that keeps you alive.

  10. Please please never stop having these brave and heroic men and women on your show. They deserve any and all recognition we can provide.

  11. 207 people can go fuck yourselves. I'm ex-Australian Army…served in Afghanistan and disliking this is mind-boggling to me. This guy has courage….more than you 207 will ever have.

  12. Here's what I love about veterans. When he said "it was him", I believed him. Didn't think he was joking. I thought that because we are trained to have an integrity beyond reproach. Something the majority of civilians just don't understand. It took Colbert 10 seconds. Now that doesn't seem like a long time, but when you hear the Ranger's story, that a lifetime. Thanks fellow vets!

  13. Wow, I had tears in my eyes listening to what he did. Nothing but respect for being a Hero. I know that term is put a lot but Captain Groberg you are the real deal. Thank you, Sir, for your bravery and sacrifice.

  14. Not quite 4 years later and Colbert, along with most of his audience, craps all over the men and women in the Armed Forces.

  15. I was with the PRT in Kunar. Being attached to 4-4 with COL Mingus leading the way is no surprise people like him exceeded expectations and reacted properly to mitigate damage. This was a horrible day but it could’ve been 1000x worse.

  16. I enlisted in my nation's military as infantry because i respect these guys so much, i cannot do anything else but TRY to follow in their foot steps.

  17. He spoke as our keynote speaker at our Veteran's Ball. His story is so amazing and he is the most humble human being.

  18. Wow, you can tell from his demeanor, his intelligence, and even the way he moves he is one committed badass on the battlefield. I'll bet he was all business, and business was good.

  19. I remember that day hearing over the radio what was going on in asadabad and it was not good. CSM griffin had just stopped by our hooch a few days before this happened to check our living quarters and to say hello.

  20. Wow! Colbert the former comedian actually took a break from his Trump Derangement Syndrome rants?!

  21. Dude jumped a suicide bomber….think about that for a second. Chances of dying is like 99%. Well-deserved medal.

  22. Wow, I was checking out his 4 ID patch, Then I saw his battalion Crest. I served there too. Ft. Carson 87-89. Proud to have served there.. HHC 1/12 INF. 4 ID. Yes! we had some very good soldiers there and we kicked ass..

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