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Medal of Honor recipient Ryan Pitts of Nashua breaks gavel at New York Stock Exchange

NEW YORK – Former U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts, of Nashua, who was awarded the Medal of Honor this week, brought a definitive close to the trading day at the New York Stock Exchange, inadvertently breaking a gavel used in the ceremony.

Pitts was invited to ring the closing bell Wednesday, two days after he was honored at the White House for his valor during combat in the Afghanistan War. Video shot by the New York Stock Exchange shows the 28-year-old striking the gavel three times before watching the mallet snap, leaving him holding only the handle. ...

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NEW YORK – Former U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts, of Nashua, who was awarded the Medal of Honor this week, brought a definitive close to the trading day at the New York Stock Exchange, inadvertently breaking a gavel used in the ceremony.

Pitts was invited to ring the closing bell Wednesday, two days after he was honored at the White House for his valor during combat in the Afghanistan War. Video shot by the New York Stock Exchange shows the 28-year-old striking the gavel three times before watching the mallet snap, leaving him holding only the handle.

“Talk about #Army
Strong: don’t worry about the gavel, @USArmy SSG Ryan Pitts. You earned it,” read a message posted soon after by the New York Stock Exchange.

Pitts, a Souhegan High School graduate, became the ninth living soldier to receive the Medal of Honor for actions in Afghanistan and Iraq.

He joined the Army in 2003 and deployed to Afghanistan while stationed at Camp Ederle in Vicenza, Italy, after training at the U.S. Army Airborne School in Fort Benning, Ga. He was wounded while holding back enemy fighters during the 2008 Battle of Wanat, which occurred during Pitts’ second deployment.

Pitts began working for a computer software company after leaving the Army from the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in 2009.