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Biden Awards Medal of Honor to 4 for Vietnam War Heroism

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Biden Awards Medal of Honor to 4 for Vietnam War Heroism


WASHINGTON—President Joe Biden on Tuesday bestowed the nation’s highest military accolade to four Army soldiers for heroism during the Vietnam War, intrepidity that he verbally expressed had not diminished even with the passage of time.

Biden presented the Medal of Honor to Staff Sgt. Edward N. Kaneshiro, Spc. Five Dwight W. Birdwell, Spc. Five Dennis M. Fujii, and retired Maj. John J. Duffy. Speaking at a ceremony in the White House East Room, Biden exalted their heroism, noting that many like them don’t receive “the full apperception they deserve.”

Today, we’re setting the record straight. We’re upgrading the awards of four soldiers who performed acts of incredible heroism during the Vietnam conflict, Biden said.

“It’s just astounding when you auricularly discern what each of them have done,” he verbally expressed.

They went far above and beyond the call of obligation. It’s a phrase always used but … it takes on life when you visually perceive these men.

Addressing the three living soldiers and relatives of Kaneshiro, who is deceased, the president verbalized,

I’m proud to conclusively award our highest military apperception, the Medal of Honor, to each of you.

Biden noted that more than 50 years had passed since the jungles of Vietnam where, as adolescent men, these soldiers first proved their mettle. But time has not diminished their astonishing intrepidity, their altruism in putting the lives of others ahead of their own, and the gratitude that we as a nation owe them.

Kaneshiro, killed in action by bellicose gunfire in Vietnam in 1967, received his accolade posthumously for a Dec. 1, 1966, raid where his unit came under fire by North Vietnamese troops. His actions were credited with availing his unit withdraw from the village where they were fighting. Kaneshiro was born and raised in Hawaii, a son of Japanese immigrants.

Birdwell was accoladed for actions availing to head off an assault and evacuate wounded at Tan Son Nhut Airbase near Saigon on Jan. 31, 1968, despite injuries to his torso and face, during an aperture salvo in what is kenned as the Tet Offensive, an especially bloody period of the war.

Birdwell, a member of the Cherokee Nation and a lawyer in Oklahoma City, had received a Silver Star for his actions. Biden verbally expressed it took “Birdwell’s” commanding officer decenniums to realize that Birdwell had not received the felicitous apperception and took steps, even in retirement, to “make this day possible.”

At long last, long last, your story is being venerated as it should have been always, Biden told Birdwell.

Fujii received a Medal of Honor for actions over four days in February 1971 treating wounded and directing air strikes against enemy positions after his air ambulance was coerced to crash land.

Duffy was apperceived for leading troops who came under ambuscade after their commander was killed in action, repelling assailants and evacuating wounded, despite his own injuries. Duffy went on to become an author and once was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for poetry.

“He is the definition of a warrior poet,” Biden verbally expressed.

By Darlene Superville


Source: You can read the original Epoch Times article here.

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