We should always honor our members of the military and this Medal of Honor recipient is a perfect example why.
Retired Army Captain Gary Michael ‘Mike’ Rose was awarded the nation’s highest military honor, the Congressional Medal of Honor in a ceremony at the White House.
Captain Rose was involved in a secret mission in Laos in 1970 where he rescued friendly soldiers while sustaining personal injuries.
President Trump gives a little background into Mike’s life and the heroic mission he was involved in.
Captain Rose was trained as a medic, which saved many lives.
‘Their goal was to prevent the North Vietnamese from funneling weapons along the Ho Chi Minh Trail to use against our American troops. Helicopters dropped the unit into Laos. Before they even touched the ground, enemy fire struck three men,’ Trump said.
‘I have to say, your will to endure, your love for your fellow soldier, your devotion for your country, inspires us all,’ Trump said.
President Trump gives more details on the 4-day mission.
‘Once they landed in the clearing, they rushed to the jungle for much needed cover. Soon, another man was shot outside their defensive perimeter. Mike immediately rushed to his injured comrade, firing at the enemy as he ran. In the middle of the clearing, under the machine gun fire, Mike treated the wounded soldier. He shielded the man with his own body and carried him back to safety,’ Trump recounted.
‘But this was just the beginning of Mike’s harrowing four-day mission. Mike and his unit slashed through the dense jungle, dodged bullets, dodged explosives, dodged everything that you can dodge because they threw it all at him, and continuously returned fire as they moved deeper and deeper and deeper into enemy territory.’
President Trump illustrates the bravery and selflessness that Mike exhibited.
At one point, ‘He used a branch as a crutch and went on rescuing the wounded,’ the president said.
‘When the helicopters arrived, Mike fought back the enemy as his fellow soldiers boarded the aircraft. He boarded the last chopper, limping up to the craft while still warding off the enemy forces that were fast approaching,’ Trump said.
‘As Mike puts it, “If you don’t believe in God, then you should have been with us that day. And I can tell you, it’ll make a believer out of you because we should not [ever] have survived.” Mike, today, we have a room full of people and a nation who thank God that you lived,’ the president said as the crowd gathered in the East wing applauded.
But that still wasn’t the end of the harrowing mission.
The helicopter was shot after it took off.
The bullets tragically struck a young Marine gunner in the throat. Again, Mike rushed to help. As he wrapped a cloth around the Marine’s neck, the engine of the helicopter failed, and the aircraft crashed less than a mile from where it had taken off. Mike was thrown off the aircraft before it hit the ground, but he raced back to the crash site and pulled one man after another out of the smoking and smoldering helicopter as it spewed jet fuel from its ruptured tanks,’ the president recounted.
‘Finally, another helicopter rescued them, and by the time they reached the base, Mike was covered in blood. He refused treatment until all of his men had been cared for first.’
‘In every action during those four days, Mike valiantly fought for the life of his comrades, even if it meant the end of his own life, the president said.
As moving as this was, it was Captain Mike’s 4 words that are the most moving.
Rose told reporters at the White House he considered the award to be a ‘collective medal.’
‘This is our medal,’ he said, referring to his fellow comrades.
Source: Daily Mail
Still selfless and so very worthy of honor.
And thank you for your service, Captain Rose, and for your amazing example of what it means to be a hero.
Watch the awesome ceremony here:
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