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'No event in American history is more misunderstood than the Vietnam War. It was misreported then, and it is misremembered now.'
- Richard M. Nixon

Vietnam War Medals & Heroes

Museum to display Medal of Honor given to conscientious objector   (Article no longer available from the original source)
The Medal of Honor belonging to Vietnam War veteran Joseph G. LaPointe Jr. will soon assume an honored place among the collections at the Ohio Military Museum. The rare medal, the highest award given for military service, will be installed at the Massillon museum during a brief ceremony. "LaPointe was a conscientious objector, which makes it a very unusual and rare award. It`s going to be displayed in a little different manner than we did before." An Army specialist 4th-class, LaPointe served as a field medic in the Vietnam War. He gave his life June 2, 1969, administering first aid to fallen soldiers under heavy fire in Quang Tin province.

Sacrifice to sell Victoria Cross Medal
Keith Payne didn't have much time to think before taking the action which earned him the Victoria Cross, but he thought long before selling it. The Vietnam War veteran, one of Australia's last 2 surviving VC recipients, sold his cross to Maryborough Military and Colonial Museum. The main reason for selling the VC was to provide for his family. The reason for selling to Maryborough museum ahead of other buyers was equally heartfelt: he was determined the VC stay in Queensland. "I was in the army 19 years before I saw a Victoria Cross for the first time and that was when the Queen gave me mine."

The first black Medal of Honor recipient of the Vietnam war   (Article no longer available from the original source)
Milton Lee Olive III was just shy of his 19th birthday when he jumped on a grenade sacrificing his life to save others in a heroic act that made him the first black Medal of Honor recipient of the war in Vietnam. His bravery will be remembered when a historical marker in Holmes County is dedicated to his memory. According to Olive's Medal of Honor citation, he and four others were in a battle Oct. 22, 1965, when a "grenade was thrown into their midst. Olive saw the grenade, and then saved the lives of his fellow soldiers at the sacrifice of his by grabbing the grenade in his hand and falling on it to absorb the blast with his body."

Medal of Honor urged for Vietman vet Joseph T. Getherall
Joseph T. Getherall blocked out details from the Vietnam War for 40 years. He served 2 tours with the U.S. Marine Corps and was wounded 3 times. He pulled a wounded soldier to safety despite being wounded himself and saved members of his unit by throwing an enemy grenade back. It wasn't until 2004, after a Marine Corps reunion, that he was reminded of his actions. Prompted by members of his unit, Grace Napolitano introduced a bill requesting that the president award Getherall the Congressional Medal of Honor. "The fear is indescribable. ... The carnage and the bloody bandages that were there from dragging away the wounded and the dead was incredible."

Vietnam vet's mettle earned him a Medal of Honor   (Article no longer available from the original source)
While many youth today consider sports figures heroes, the students at Kitley Intermediate had a chance to see the heroism of Medal of Honor recipient Sammy Davis, who is one of only 111 living recipients of the award. The footage of him receiving the Medal of Honor from Lyndon B. Johnson was used in the "Forrest Gump." Davis served as a cannoneer for Battery C. On Nov. 18, 1967, his battery came under heavy mortar attack. There were about 1,500 Viet Cong soldiers. After a hard hit from the enemy, he was thrown from his howitzer gun into a foxhole. Despite a broken back, Davis carried 3 comrades back across the river.

Vietnam War hero forced to buy back his stolen medals   (Article no longer available from the original source)
A Vietnam war veteran John Mitchell had to buy back his medals after they were stolen from a safe in his flat. Former paratrooper handed over Б70 for the priceless mementoes of his 19-year military career to a woman in a pub. During his military service he did 8 tours of duty in Northern Ireland, served twice in Cyprus with the United Nations, and fought in south east Asia during the Vietnam War. His medals include the General Service Cross, the Queen`s Jubilee Medal, and a European medal, the Croix Du Combatant.

Congress to examine war medals criteria   (Article no longer available from the original source)
Two Marine Corps veterans who have been studying inconsistencies in military awards for valor will testify before Congress, along with defense and service personnel officials. The House Armed Services military personnel subcommittee will look at the consistency and timeliness of awards after hearing complaints of growing discrepancies that include similar acts of valor resulting in vastly different awards.

Purple Heart Medal - Color stands for sacrifice   (Article no longer available from the original source)
During the Vietnam War, Oscar Draper was an expert at sneaking around behind enemy lines to destroy anything that could be used to fight against U.S. and South Vietnamese forces. Draper came face-to-face with the enemy's firepower during his two tours in Vietnam as a member of the Army's 1st Cavalry Division (Airborne). He was injured twice in the line of duty, making him a two-time Purple Heart recipient and the owner of countless other medals for his bravery on the battlefield. The Purple Heart was created by Gen. George Washington on Aug. 7, 1782, as a way to recognize the meritorious action of Soldiers. His order, however, was lost for 190 years.

Order of the Silver Rose -- Medal for Agent Orange exposures
U.S. Army veteran Robert Wolfenkoehler was injured in the Vietnam War, but he received no Purple Heart. His injury took years to develop after he was exposed to Agent Orange. Wolfenkoehler was one of 12 Vietnam vets who received the Order of the Silver Rose medal, which honors victims of Agent Orange. More than 20 million gallons of Agent Orange were used by American forces. It eliminated cover for the enemy and allowed for easier movement through the jungles. No official medal has been established for veterans who have lost their life due to Agent Orange. The Order of the Silver Rose, a private organization, seeks to change that.

1st POW Killed In Vietnam Is Given Honors, Medals
The Viet Cong executed Harold George Bennett 41 years ago, after he injured a soldier while trying to escape from a prison camp for the third time. Bennett was the first U.S. prisoner of war put to death during the Vietnam War. A fellow soldier documented his heroism, but recognition efforts stalled. Recently his family was presented with a Combat Infantryman's Badge, Vietnam Service Medal, Prisoner of War Medal and Purple Heart. "In the jungles of Vietnam, he displayed courage before and after he was captured by the Viet Cong. He twice called off helicopter pilots who were attempting to rescue him because he wanted to save them from being shot down."