Updated 02/16/2011 05:57 AM
Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously awarded to Dr. Tom Little
President Obama posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Dr. Tom Little, whose wife received the award on his behalf. Watch this special moment in its entirety in the video below.
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WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Delmar optometrist who was killed last summer during a humanitarian mission in Afghanistan was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom Tuesday by President Barack Obama.
Dr. Tom Little along with nine members of his team were killed by the Taliban on August 6th, 2010 in a remote area of Afghanistan. Dr. Little had spent 33 years providing vision, dental, and mother/child care to the people of Afghanistan.
His family owned a home in Delmar, though he and his wife, Libby, raised their three daughters in a remote region in need.
Dr. Little's wife accepted her husband's award from the president during the ceremony in Washington on Tuesday. Fourteen others were also awarded Presidential Medals of Freedom, including former President George H. W. Bush.