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President Biden awarded the Medal of Honor to four US Army soldiers who fought in theVietnam Waron Tuesday, upgrading previously received awards.
After his death, the President became Sergeant Edward Kaneshiro, Specialist Five Dwight W. Birdwell, Specialist Five Dennis M. Fujii, and Major John J. DuffyAwarded the Medal of Honor. Who "is far beyond the scope of my mission"
"Frankly, there are a lot of great women and men here, and so many people, so it's hard to be president. It's a day I think isn't enough. The president said at a ceremony at theWhite Houseon Tuesday, "I'm honored today." In our country: freedom, democracy, God has given the rights of all individuals. "
" It's a journey that never ends and will never end completely. It's a job that requires us to look to the future — we want to build our past and look carefully, ”he continued. Awarding the Medal of Honor at the US Capitol
President Joe Biden will speak at the Medal of Honor Awards Ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Tuesday, July 5, 2022. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)(AP Photo / Evan Vucci)
"To fully understand where we came from, these For each of the 246 years, the Associated Press has responded to our country's call for military service, "Biden said.
However, the president said, "Not all military personnel have the full recognition they deserve."
"Today we are setting a straight record," Biden said. To respect outstanding courage and brave service, we are upgrading the awards of four soldiers who have performed incredible heroic acts during the Vietnam War. "
Kaneshiro awarded the Medal of Honor after death for acts of courage and courage beyond the scope of his mission while serving near Phu Hu 2 in Vietnam on December 1, 1966." Kaneshiro and his team entered the village and were attacked by North Vietnamese during a mission to search and destroy Phu Huu 2. According to the White House, Kaneshiro was one enemy group with a rifle gun. And destroyed two other groups with medals, which allowed the platoon to escape and reorganize in an orderly manner, eventually successfully withdrawing from the village. He was in July 1966. Served in Vietnam from the 18th until his death on March 6, 1967 as a result of a hostile gun wound.
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Birdwell was also brave beyond his mission while serving in Vietnam on January 31, 1968. Honors the brave act. According to the White House, that day, a large enemy element launched an attack on the Tanson Nut Air Force Base near Saigon, nullifying or destroying many of the units' vehicles and defeating Birdwell's tank commander. Incapacitated.
President Vietnam Medal of Honor Spc. Dwight Birdwell(KEVIN LAMARQUE / REUTERS)
Birdwell moved the tank commander to a safe place, fired tank weapons at enemy forces, disembarked and continued fighting until he was hit by enemy fire on his face and body. According to the White House, Birdwell refused to evacuate and led a small group of defenders to block enemy attacks until reinforcements arrived. After that, Birdwell turned his attention to his wounds. He assisted in the evacuation of the injured until ordered. He was dismissed in honor on December 29, 1968, and is currently in legal affairs in Oklahoma City.
Fuijii was also brave and brave beyond the scope of his mission while he was the chief crew member in a helicopter ambulance during rescue operations in Laos and the Republic of Vietnam from February 18 to 22. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions. , 1971. According to the White House, Fujii's Medal of Honor was attacked by an enemy and crashed on land during an emergency mission to rescue seriously injured Vietnamese personnel.
President Joe Biden is Spc Medal of Honor to. Dennis Fujii would like to thank him for his actions at the ceremony held in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Tuesday, July 5, 2022, during the Vietnam War, February 18-22, 1971. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)(AP Photo / Evan Vucci)
Despite being injured, Fujii shuns rescue from another helicopter. , Left as the only helicopter. An American on the battlefield who provided first aid to Allied casualties. On the night of February 19, he called for an American helicopter gunship to help repel enemy attacks. The White House over 17 hours when Fujii better observed the position of enemy troops and left the trench safety to direct air strikes until an American helicopter attempted to airlift him. From an area that has been repeatedly exposed to hostile fire. At the end of the tour, he joined the Army Reserve and now lives in Hawaii.
Medal of Honor for President Joe Biden's retirement Awarded. John Duffy responded to his actions at a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, July 5, 2022, during the Vietnam War, April 14-15, 1972. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)(AP Photo / Evan Vucci)
Duffy was also awarded the Medal of Honor for bravery and bravery beyond the call. From April 14th to 15th, 1972, he was a senior adviser to the 11th Airborne Division of the 2nd Brigade of the Republic of Vietnam Army Airborne Division. The White House refused to evacuate, although the 11th Airborne Division was killed two days ago, the battalion's command post was destroyed, and Duffy was injured twice.
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Initially according to the White House On the morning of April 15th, after an ambush of the enemy, he led many seriously injured refugees to a shelter, where he directed the enemy's position to fire and marked the helicopter's landing zone. The White House said he also boarded, assisting injured friendly alien soldiers and assisting injured helicopter door gunners only after confirming that all evacuees were on board. rice field. Duffy's service included three tours in Vietnam on a myriad of special forces missions, where he retired from the Army on May 31, 1977. He currently lives in Santa Cruz, California.
Brooksinman is a Fox News digital political reporter. She can contact her on Twitter at Brooke.Singman@Fox.com or @BrookeSingman.