On the 45th anniversary of the action that earned them the military’s third-highest award for valor, four Vietnam veterans gathered in Arkansas on Tuesday to receive the Silver Star, according to a release from an Arkansas congressman who helped get their medals approved.
Former Spc. Leonard Shearer, former Spc. John Deslauriers, former Capt. Robert Frank and former Chief Warrant Officer 2 Robert Monette flew a rescue mission in their UH-1H Huey into enemy territory on April 18, 1972, in response to a downed C-130 Hercules and managed to help save five survivors, according to their award citations.