President Trump Presents the Medal of Honor to retired Army Capt. Gary “Mike” Rose

Scheduled for 3:00 pm

Fox News

Officially, retired Army Capt. Gary “Mike” Rose was never in Laos at the height of the Vietnam War.

Rose, now 69, served as a medic in the Military Assistance Command Studies and Observations Group, an elite division of the Special Forces. It was so secret that, for more than four decades, he never spoke about it to anyone – not even the people he served with.

Those that served with him, however, never forgot the bravery he showed during a four-day mission, called “Operation Tailwind,” in the landlocked country in September 1970.

Rose, then a sergeant, ran through a hail of gunfire to treat more than 50 soldiers who were fighting the North Vietnamese Army – using one hand to hoist wounded men onto his back while he fired on the enemy with his other hand.

In spite of his own injuries, he didn’t sleep for days to make sure all 16 American soldiers deployed with him made it home.

They did.

Forty-seven years later, his heroism will finally be commemorated on Monday when he receives the Medal of Honor during a special ceremony with President Trump at the White House.


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7 Responses to President Trump Presents the Medal of Honor to retired Army Capt. Gary “Mike” Rose

  1. auscitizenmom says:

    I am glad this is happening. He certainly deserves it.


    • stella says:

      Such bravery should certainly be rewarded. How wonderful that his grandchildren were there to see it.

      President Trump’s presentation was very sincere and he was obviously touched by this man’s heroism.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. czarowniczy says:

    Oh yeah, CNN’s first bigtime foray into false news and reporting lies as truth. One wonders if the lies the media told about Tailwind delayed this long overdue recognition.
    Also note that while the MSM gobbled up, some nearly 30 years after the incident, the lies about the use of WMDs by the US it ignored the verified reports of the Russians and Vietnamese ujsing them to kill off the Hmong after the US left Vietnam.


    • Col(R)Ken says:

      What was Tailwind?


      • czarowniczy says:

        It was the code namr for a particular MACV-SOG crossborder operation into Laos in 1970. The reason(s) for this one seem to be still uinder wraps but vary from a snatch/kill operation aimed at Aemeican defectors, a snatch of US POWs held by the Laotians/NVA in Laos or a ‘sneak and peek’ aimed at gathering intel about NVA doings in the area. All considered I favor the last one.


  3. Lucille says:

    This was a beautiful ceremony honoring a brave and good man. Our Viet Nam vets deserve all the love and recognition we can give, especially since so many were treated so shabbily when they came home.


  4. czarowniczy says:

    I’ve posted on this before, specifically on Roy Benavidez. The awarding of Medals of Honor is more political than anything else, the immediate reactions of the approving chain can frequently be compromised by personal feelings along the way. It’s not unusual for awards to be upgraded decades after those in the original approving chain have retired.

    Roy is a perfect example. He is on the ground at a Special Forces base camp, hears a team is in trouble and needs to be evacuated, runs to a helicopter spinning up to respond and without being ordered or asked to joins in the rescue. At the end of the day Roy suffered seven major gunshot wounds, twenty-eight shrapnel wounds and was twice bayoneted and badly clubbed by a gun butt. At one point Roy was bayoneted by an NVA soldier, Roy pulled the bayonet out and and used his own personal knife to kill the NVA and went on rescuing soldiers. He rescued eight that day and, when the action was over, medics finding his unconscious body with such extensive damage, thought Roy was dead and put him in a body bag. A doctor came over to check Roy’s body and certify his death and was getting ready to zip the bag shut when Roy mustered the strength to spit in the doc’s face. They rushed Roy to the field hospital then medivaced him back to the states.
    That was in 1968, it wqsn’t until 1981 his award for the MoH was approved and awarded by President Reagan. Sometimes it takes time and unbiased reviewing to make the appropriate award.


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