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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-17-12 03:09 AM
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Obama awards Medal of Honor posthumously to Vietnam hero
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Obama awards Medal of Honor posthumously to Vietnam hero
Leslie Sabor Jr. died in combat during Vietnam War
UPDATED 10:18 PM EDT May 16, 2012


President Barack Obama, in awarding an overdue posthumous Medal of Honor to a Vietnam hero Wednesday, paid tribute to soldiers who received a cold reception when they returned home from the Southeast Asian war.

"This month, we'll begin to mark the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War," Obama said at the White House ceremony. "A time when, to our shame, the soldiers didn't receive the respect and the thanks that they deserve. A mistake that must never be repeated."

Obama, who presented Army Spc. Leslie Sabo Jr.'s medal to his widow, Rose Mary Sabo Brown, singled out Sabo's 101st Airborne Division unit, Bravo Company, as typifying selfless and patriotic service by Vietnam veterans.

I watched the live broadcast yesterday. The guy was a draftee and, if the story told was true, he performed incredibly.

It's such a shame that the paperwork got lost and this took so long that his parents and others were not here to see him honored, but his widow was.

The remark about mistreatment of Vietnam vets hit me immediately though, in light of everything I've read on that subject in the years that I have been posting at DU.

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