President Donald Trump awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously to Army Staff Sgt. Travis Atkins on Wednesday, saying that Atkins will be remembered "as the best father, and he will be remembered as the best soldier."

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Sgt. Atkins with his parents at Fort Drum, 2006. (DoD photo/Katie Lange)

Described as "selfless," "a master of his craft," "the greatest father," and the kind of leader you'd "want to work for," Staff Sgt. Travis Atkins gave his life on June 1, 2007, when he tackled a suicide bomber to protect his soldiers from the blast in Iraq.

On the day before Atkins is to posthumously receive the Medal of Honor, Atkins' battle brothers and family gathered on Tuesday to recount his successes as the father, son, leader, and friend that they knew.

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