Army Maj. John J. Duffy received the Medal of Honor on Monday.
During his four tours of duty in Vietnam, Army Maj. John J. Duffy frequently conducted operations behind enemy lines. He single-handedly prevented the destruction of a South Vietnamese unit during one of those deployments. Duffy went to Vietnam four times during his career; 1967, 1968, 1971, and 1973. Fifty years after receiving the Distinguished Service Cross for those deeds, he was awarded the Medal of Honor. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his third tour of duty. Duffy, who was only 17 years old when he enlisted in the Army in March 1955, was born on March 16, 1938, in Brooklyn, New York. He received his commission as an officer in 1963 and enlisted in the 5th Special Forces Group as an elite Green Beret.