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First Medal of Honor won in Vietnam coming to 7th Group headquarters | News Herald
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First Medal of Honor won in Vietnam coming to 7th Group headquarters | News Herald

The first Medal of Honor earned in the Vietnam War will have a permanent place of honor in the 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne) compound when it is donated next month by the recipient, retired Army Col. Roger Donlon.

Donlon, who was assigned to the 7th Group when he earned the nation’s highest military honor, will donate the medal in ceremonies set for 10 a.m. Dec. 5 in front of a crowd of invited guests and media at the group’s compound.

hen a captain, Donlon was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions early July 6, 1964, while serving as commanding officer of Army Special Forces Detachment A-726. Donlon and 11 fellow Green Berets were serving as advisers to the South Vietnamese when the 300-person government outpost near the Laotian border where they were working was attacked by nearly 800 Viet Cong and North Vietnamese troops.

Source: First Medal of Honor won in Vietnam coming to 7th Group headquarters | News Herald