Tuesday, February 27, 2007

A Very Belated Honor

If you saw the 2002 movie We Were Soldiers, then you know the story of Bruce Crandall.

More than 40 years after
Crandall repeatedly risked his life to rescue American soldiers fighting the Battle of Ia Drang Valley, one of the bloodiest of the Vietnam War, he has been awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest award for military valor.
The lieutenant colonel's heroism was almost unrecognized -- when his unit deployed to Vietnam, it was shorthanded in administrative positions so that medal citations weren't handled promptly. But four decades?
Greg Kinnear played Crandall in the movie, while Mel Gibson played the commander of the men that Crandall rescued.

More here.

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