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Tuesday, October 26, 2021

This Special Forces Officer Was the Vietnam War’s First Medal of Honor Recipient | Military.com

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Roger Donlon was a Green Beret on his way to Vietnam in 1963, before most Americans knew about any conflict in Southeast Asia. Donlon was part of a group stationed at Nam Dong near the Laotian border assigned to training South Vietnamese civilian and paramilitary forces. On July 6th, 1964 the Viet Cong attacked Donlon’s camp while most troops were asleep. Donlon rushed his men into defensive positions and successfully warded off the Viet Cong using mortar fire. Every survivor of the night received either a Silver or Bronze Star and Donlon was presented the Medal of Honor by President Lyndon Johnson.

Source: https://www.military.com/history/2021/09/23/special-forces-officer-was-vietnam-wars-first-medal-of-honor-recipient.html

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