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RamTech 11-18-2010 06:57 AM

First Living MOH Receipient Since Vietnam

iRESQu 11-18-2010 08:21 AM

WOW Randy, just chilling! God, the anger he must've felt watching his friend getting carried away by enemy fighters! Thank you for sharing that!

MADDOG 11-18-2010 11:12 AM

Damn good story!

Uncommon valor is all too common for our men and women in uniform. Many acts of courage and sacrifice go unnoticed.

I have the privilege of having known two MOH recipients and when I questioned them about their experience, they both told me that they were the one noticed and so many others were not. They accept the citation, the accolades and the honor but never once do they not recognize those others and feel that their award is shared with all they served with.

Way to go, Sal!!!

And thank you, Randy, for posting up that story. I personally feel much better about this world when I read them.

RamTech 11-18-2010 11:23 AM

I've never had the privilege of meeting a MOH receipient. Sadly there are fewer than 100 living recipients so the chances I ever will are slim. Anyone that met one of these brave souls should consider themselves lucky.

wermbang 11-18-2010 12:17 PM

My favorite lines from the speech-
You may believe that you don’t deserve this honor, but it was your fellow soldiers who recommended you for it. In fact, your commander specifically said in his recommendation that you lived up to the standards of the most decorated American soldier of World War II, Audie Murphy, who famously repelled an overwhelming enemy attack by himself for one simple reason: “They were killing my friends.”

And he is an Iowa boy :)
This medal today is a testament to his uncommon valor, but also to the parents and the community that raised him; the military that trained him; and all the men and women who served by his side.

RootBeer 11-18-2010 12:40 PM

Thanks for posting this Randy. I've never met a MOH recipient (can't say winner, makes it sound like some kind of game).

City Slicker 11-18-2010 01:30 PM

Absolutely incredible story, thanks for posting this Randy!

Pull Ya 11-18-2010 02:37 PM

Thanks Randy! The American people need to read things like this alot more often.

SRTAndy 11-18-2010 02:53 PM

Great post! I couldn't see the link you posted since I am at work, but I googled it and found a link with the story! :smileup:

CajunDodge 11-18-2010 03:51 PM

Great post Randy, thank you for sharing that with us and yes, he is Grade A BA in my book, as are all of our soldiers whose valor, courage and sacrifice may not make front page news, but who are all home town heroes!

- Cajun

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