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I ran across this article not too long ago and I was amazed. This shows that despite the ribbing we Marines give and take from the Army, the bottom line is that weare all American fighting men and women. Some are are outright heroes no matter which bootcamp they went to. My cover is off to you Roy Benavidez and may God hold you in the palm of His hand.


SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Roy Benavidez, a Vietnam veteran who in 1981 received the Medal of Honor for saving eight fellow Green Berets, died Sunday. He was 63.

The cause of death was not released. Benavidez had been hospitalized for treatment of a long illness complicated by diabetes and anemia.

On the morning of May 2, 1968, three months into his second tour of the Vietnam War, Benavidez defied the enemy and the odds.

A North Vietnamese regiment surrounded a dozen soldiers from his unit during a secret mission in Cambodia that had been authorized by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Three helicopters trying to save the men came under heavy fire and were unable to land. Benavidez bulled his way onto a helicopter to save his friends.

Benavidez repositioned team members so they could give cover fire for the helicopters. He then carried half the wounded troops to nearby aircraft.

Benavidez then recovered classified documents from a dead team leader, guided wounded troops from a downed aircraft and set up a defense line.

As the enemy gained strength, he called in airstrikes, directed fire from helicopter gunships and provided first aid to a wounded soldier.

He suffered more than three dozen injuries from gunshot wounds, grenades and hand-to-hand fighting.



 

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