Special Forces Sgt. 1st Class James Grissom, of Hayward, was honored on the U.S. House floor Tuesday by Congressman Eric Swalwell.

Grissom, a 1999 graduate of Mount Eden High School in Hayward, died March 21 of wounds suffered from small-arms fire in Afghanistan.

The Green Beret received several medals, including the Bronze Star and the NATO Medal, Swalwell said.

"His work as a soldier illustrates brightly the heroism of the service members in our military and their dedication to our country," the congressman said. "I am forever grateful for Sgt. Grissom's sacrifice and service."

Swalwell also praised Grissom for being an organ donor. "Even after Sgt. Grissom passed away, his service to others continued," he said.