An ‘unexpected honor:’ 4 Vietnam veterans to receive Silver Stars for 1972 rescue

The Silver Star Medal is the third highest award given for valor in combat. (U.S. AIR FORCE)

The four-man Army crew of a UH-1H “Huey” chased a burning C-130 transport plane as it crashed near Saigon in 1972, hovered over the wreckage and pulled five men onto their helicopter. They did this while taking – and returning — fire.

And they all survived.

On Tuesday – 45 years later, to the day – the Huey crew will receive Silver Stars, the military’s third-highest decoration, for their action.

Robert Monette, who was the helicopter pilot that day, said the medals were “unexpected, and very, very humbling.”

Full article: An ‘unexpected honor:’ 4 Vietnam veterans to receive Silver Stars for 1972 rescue – News – Stripes

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