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Vietnam War helicopter pilot to receive Medal of Honor 49 years after saving wounded soldiers

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  1. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    Vietnam War helicopter pilot to receive Medal of Honor 49 years after saving wounded soldiers
    Published June 21, 2016
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    This 1969 photo shows Charles Kettles with an Army UH-1H helicopter in Vietnam (U.S. Army)

    WASHINGTON – Some five decades after he led a platoon credited with rescuing dozens of soldiers pinned down by enemy fire, a Vietnam War veteran will be awarded the nation's highest military honor for valor, the White House announced on Tuesday.

    In May 1967, Army Maj. Charles Kettles led several helicopter trips to help evacuate wounded soldiers near the district of Duc Pho. He returned to the landing zone without additional aerial support to rescue stranded soldiers pinned down by enemy fire. The White House says Kettles helped save the lives of 40 soldiers.

    Kettles retired from the Army in 1978 as a lieutenant colonel. He resides in Ypsilanti, Michigan, with his wife, Ann.

    The Army said next month's White House ceremony is the culmination of an effort that began in 2012.

    William Vollano of the Veterans History Project launched a formal campaign to upgrade Kettles' Distinguished Service Cross to the Medal of Honor.

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  2. Kilvinsky

    Kilvinsky I think, therefore I'll never be promoted.

    Bravo, Colonel. That's why the medal was initiated. God Bless you, Sir. Damn shame it took so long.
     
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