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Biden honors four Vietnamese veterans, including one hero for helicopter capture

On Tuesday, President Byden honored four Vietnam War veterans, including a former soldier who caught a compatriot who was injured when he fell from a helicopter. Was awarded.

"We will upgrade the awards of soldiers who have performed incredible heroic acts during the conflict in Vietnam," Byden said in the White House East Room.

"That's just amazing when we ask what each one did," he added. "They went far beyond the demands of their obligations."

The three surviving veterans (Specialist Five Dwightbirdwell, Specialist Five Dennis Fujii, and retired Major John Duffy) won the award. I was standing with Byden when I won the award. On March 6, 1967, the fourth winner, Sergeant Edward N. Kaneshiro Staff, was killed. Official quote of his medal.

clockwise from left, Spc. 5 Dwight Birdwell; Spc. 5 Dennis Fujii; Staff Sgt. Edward Kaneshiro; and Maj. John Duffy.
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President Joe Biden applauds as he presents the Medal of Honor to John Kaneshiro in posthumous memory of his father U.S. Army veteran Staff Sergeant Edward Kaneshiro.
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President Joe Biden awards the Medal of Honor to retired Maj. John Duffy.
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Fujii fought During a desperate 1971 evacuation effort, enemy troops in Laos for 17 hours.

Birdwell helped evacuate a colleague near Saigon during Tet Offensive in January 1968, despite being shot by his face and body.

Meanwhile, Duffy helped the injured soldiers boldly evacuate in 1972 while setting fire to the location of Kon in Vietnam.

President Joe Biden awards the Medal of Honor to Spc. Dennis Fujii.
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Spc. Dennis Fujii.
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President Joe Biden awards the Medal of Honor to Army Specialist 5 Dwight W. Birdwell.
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Dwight W. Birdwell.
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Duffy said, "He last boarded a helicopter and finally boarded an airship. He was ready to leave [and] one of his Vietnamese allies was shot in the foot and he fell backwards from the helicopter. Major Duffy caught him and dragged him in. " Said Byden.

Biden, 79, is the same generation who fought the Vietnam War, but was sent to South Vietnam to fight the onslaught of the communist who eventually won after the draft was postponed. I wasn't among the approximately 2.7 million Americans who were killed.