WASHINGTON – President Trump awarded the Medal of Honor Monday to a Green Beret medic for his bravery in the face of danger during a secret operation to Laos during the Vietnam War.
“For many years, the story of Mike’s heroism has gone untold,” Trump said at a White House ceremony. “But today we gather to tell the world of his valor.”
Retired Capt. Gary M. Rose, 70, earned the medal for his courage and life-saving actions during a four-day mission called “Operation Tailwind.”
He was responsible for providing medical care to American soldiers and indigenous paramilitary Montagnard personnel in the face of enemy fire and harrowing circumstances.
In all, he’s credited with treating 60 to 70 wounded personnel and saving many lives.
Trump told Rose’s family in the White House ceremony that he is a hero.
“This will enshrine him into the history of our nation,” Trump said.
The Huntsville, Ala. native enlisted in 1967 and served in the Army for 20 years.
“Your will to endure, your love for your fellow solider, your devotion to your country inspires us all,” Trump said.
Soon after Rose’s company-size force arrived in Chavane, Loas on Sept. 11, 1970, they were under attack from the North Vietnamese forces.
Rose was injured when a rocket-propelled grenade exploded and shrapnel struck his back, leg and crippled his foot. Using a stick as a crutch, Rose continued to treat the wounded.
“Mike did not stop to eat, to sleep or even to care for his own serious injury as he saved the lives of his fellow soldiers,” Trump said, noting Rose was the only medic on the mission.
On the fourth day, Rose and the last group of his fellow soldiers were evacuated out of the battlefield under enemy fire.
But the chopper’s engines went out at 4,500 feet and crashed. Rose continued to work by treating a Marine who had been shot in the neck and pulling fellow servicemen from the burning wreck until another helicopter arrived.
When he returned to base, Rose – covered in blood and wounds – refused treatment until all the other wounded received care.
The delay in earning the nation’s highest award for valor was because the original mission was secret.
Source: Yes Im Right