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A blessing to watch! What a remarkable man Lt. Conner was! And his dear wife…so sweet in giving President Trump a hug and kiss (several times–LOL!), and his responding so kindly toward her. He just loves to have people relax and be themselves with no awe of him for his position. Thank you, President Trump!
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More and more people are seeing what many of us have seen in our President Trump since he took office and are moving in his direction. This is yet another example of the good man that he is. This sweet lady admires him and appreciates him so much. What a beautiful moment to witness. Well done President Trump and thank you to Lt. Conner for his service. John 15:13 “Greater love hath no man than this, that one should lay down his life for his friends.”
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It’s interesting how many of these MoHs are so political. The recomendations have to be passed and approved up the line and at any point some chairborne ranger can nix it and that’s that.
My personal example is Roy Benavidez who was considered for the Medal in ’68 but nominated instead for the Distinguished Servioce Cross as he wasn’t expected to survive the wounds from the action he was nominated for.
Roy was severely wounded during the Korean War and almost medically discharged as the docs thought he’d never walk again. Roy started his own PT regimen and not only walked again but tried out for, was selected and completed Special Forces training.
In 1968 he was serving with the MACV SOG when a call came in that a SF team was in deep trouble, they stumbled into an estimated 1000 PVA/NCA and were getting pounded from all sides. A chopper was scrambled and Roy jumped onto it, armed ONLY with a knife and his medical bag, to help in the evac. When the helicopter arrived the groundfire was so heavy that it couldn’t land so Roy jumped to the ground from the hovering Huey.
To msake a long, heroic and almost unbelievable story short Roy, during his time on the ground, suffered 37 wounds including two bayonet wounds…BTW, Roy killed the NVA who bayoneted him with his one ‘good’ arm the wielded the knife he brought with him.
Roy rescued soldiers on the ground who were seriously wounded, directed aerial gunfire into danger-close positions to break up a number of enemy attack – all the time while bleeding out from grenade and bullet wounds all over his body. He finally scrambled onto the Huey, after making sure all the injured were taken care of first and passed out from blood loss. He awakened on the ground back at the base – he was in a body bag and a doctor was pronouncing him dead, they were zipping up the bag. With what little strength he had left he spit in the doctor’s face s they decided Roy might not really be dead yet.
It was 1981 when a concerted effort by folks who knew of Roy’s achievements finally got the MoH award approved and President Reagan presented it. It was a lot of work, there were those in uniform who were against the award for various reasons, including at least on well-known SF critic, but 99% of us think it was well won and well deserved.
I got to meet Roy in 1990 when one of my civilian bosses at Ft Meade invited him up to talk to the Guard and Reserve soldiers being mobilized at Meade for desert Storm. I’d heard and read of his exploits but I never could quite reconcile what he did (above is a synopsis, read his book for the whole unbelievable story) and even meeting him didn’t make it easy. A table full of us drank with him that night at the Club…Roy could drink…and I still can’t believe I drank with him.
We had an event some years later where as many of the living MoH awardees came to NOLA for the dedication of the Vietnam Memorial at the Superdome. Next to drinking with Roy THAT was amazing, we had well over a dozen MoH recipients from WWII to Vietnam sitting together, the largest meeting of them outside of the yearly Medal of Honor Society convention. To be sitting at the table with that many heroes is awe inspiring and humbling.
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