This story is a couple of years old, but my heart is always stirred when veterans from the Vietnam War are honored.  Regardless of your thoughts about the war at the time, I think most of us realize that the men and women who served there (most of them draftees) were treated shabbily.  An honor that comes late is better than no honor at all.

Vietnam vets receive presidential citation for heroism

October 20, 2009
Veterans watch Tuesday’s ceremony, which recognized members of a U.S. cavalry unit.

Nearly 40 years after members of a U.S. cavalry unit put their lives in peril to save 100 fellow soldiers trapped under blistering enemy fire in Vietnam, they received the Presidential Unit Citation on Tuesday.

It’s an honor their captain says is long overdue.

President Obama awarded the citation for extraordinary heroism and conspicuous gallantry to 86 members of the Army’s Troop A, First Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment.

“These soldiers defined the meaning of bravery and heroism,” Obama said at a White House reception honoring the group’s heroics.



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