President Trump honored a hero Monday. In a touching White House ceremony, he awarded Retired Capt. Gary M. Rose, 70, the Medal of Honor for his extraordinary bravery during the Vietnam War.
“For many years, the story of Mike’s heroism has gone untold,” Trump told a crowd of celebrators.
“But today we gather to tell the world of his valor… This (award) will enshrine him into the history of our nation.”
Rose was a Green Beret medic whose company was attacked by the North Vietnamese on Sept. 11, 1970, while traveling in Laos. Rose was nearly crippled by an explosion of shrapnel that tore into his leg and foot, but he refused to stop treating 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 commended. “Your will to endure, your love for your fellow soldier, your devotion to your country inspires us all…”
Rose’s bravery wasn’t immediately rewarded because the original mission was a secret. Now, nearly 40 years after the fact, he’s finally being receiving honors. Rose not only behaved admirably during the mission, but when they were escaping as well.
According to the New York Post: “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.”
(Source: New York Post)