Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Roy Benavidez

Roy Benavidez was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions West of Loc Ninh, South Vietnam in May of 1968. When word that a squad was pinned down by enemy fire Roy Benavidez immediately volunteered to exact their rescue. During the course of the effort he subjected himself to constant enemy fire and suffered numerous injuries, but still led the remaining soldiers to protect and defend their position even after their first rescue helicopter was shot down.

I truly do not remember the last time I experienced full body chill like I did watching this. Reached its apex the moment Ronald Reagan began speaking.  Like Ron "I Metzer in St Louis" impertinently instructed me, "Watch it!  That's an Order." 


Snackeater said...

Went down to San Antonio back in May to see an old friend and while I was there we went to Ft Sam and went by MSG Benavidez's grave and that of COL Charlie Beckwith. Very inspiring--true heroes, both of them.

iri said...

I lived about four houses down and across the road from the cemetery at Ft. Sam for about two years in the early 2000's. It seemed to me they buried a hero about every day. Once in awhile there'd be a load of brass and suits at the ceremony. All my neighbors were retired military. I heard taps about every day. I liked it there.

What a man he must have been. What a great people we really are. You never, never hear about that anymore.

FrankC said...

It's very smokey in here right now.
Must be hay fever or something.

pdwalker said...

He served a different country.

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