An Army medic hero who provided treatment to over 60 wounded soldiers behind enemy lines during the Vietnam War is receiving the Medal of Honor award from President Trump Monday afternoon.
During a 1970 mission shrouded in secrecy, code-named “Operation Tailwind” Capt. Gary Rose spent four days in the jungles of Laos caring for the wounded, despite the fact that he himself had been wounded in the foot by shrapnel.
In 1998, a CNN report came forward and accused Rose’s unit of wrongdoing, but a Pentagon investigation subsequently cleared them. On Monday, President Trump is rewarding Rose for his heroism and valor. Watch a live video of the event below.
Rose, now 69, retired, and living in Alabama, enlisted in the Army voluntarily in 1967, instead of waiting to be drafted, and was sent to Southeast Asia in 1969.
USA Today reported:
“In 1970, Rose accompanied 15 American soldiers and about 100 South Vietnamese fighters known as Montagnards into Laos. Ferried by Marine Corps helicopters more than 40 miles behind enemy lines, they were peppered by gunfire as they found themselves landing near a major North Vietnamese supply hub.
Rose sprang into action, firing his weapon as he raced to an injured soldier trapped by heavy gunfire. And then he did it again. And again.
“Sgt. Rose, bravely and courageously, with no regard for his own safety, moved through the enemy fire to render lifesaving medical treatment to the mounting wounded, personally engaging the enemy to get the wounded men,” the Army said in its account.
On the second day, Rose himself was wounded as he dragged an injured soldier to safety. A rocket-propelled grenade hit nearby, exploding shrapnel into his back, leg and foot.”
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