Four Vietnam Veterans to receive Medals of Honor

| June 29, 2022

News broke yesterday that four men are set to receive the Medal of Honor for heroism during the Vietnam War. Of the four, one award will be posthumous. The other three are set to attend a White House ceremony on 5 July to get their medals from President Biden.

From Army Times;

President Joe Biden on Monday announced plans to award Medals of Honor to four soldiers for actions in the Vietnam War, fully recognizing the courage and heroism they showed during the fight there.

Three of the four men will attend a White House ceremony on July 5 to receive the medals. The fourth — Staff Sgt. Edward N. Kaneshiro — was killed during fighting in Vietnam and will be honored posthumously. Family members will be present to accept his honors.

All four men had previously been given other military awards for their actions, and were the subject of speculation about an upgrade to the military’s highest battlefield honor in recent years.

Kaneshiro served as an infantry squad leader with the 1st Cavalry Division in the Kim Son Valley in December 1966. His unit was ambushed by North Vietnamese forces while on a search and destroy mission in the village of Phu Huu 2.

Army officials said Kaneshiro destroyed one enemy group with rifle fire and two others with grenades, enabling his men to withdraw from the area safely. He served four more months in the country until he was killed by hostile gunfire on March 6, 1967.

Spc. 5th Class Dwight W. Birdwell was serving with the 25th Infantry Division a year later when his heroism occurred.

During an assault on Tan Son Nhut Airbase near Saigon on Jan. 1, 1968, Birwell’s unit was overrun and his tank commander incapacitated by an enemy attack. Under heavy enemy fire, Birdwell moved his commander to safety and returned fire at the enemy with a nearby tank.

During the subsequent firefight, he was wounded in the face and torso, but refused evacuation. He didn’t receive medical care until reinforcements arrived and he was ordered to withdraw.

Spc. 5th Class Dennis M. Fujii was the crew chief aboard a helicopter ambulance during rescue operations in Laos and Vietnam in February 1971. During a mission to evacuate seriously wounded Vietnamese military personnel, his medevac helicopter was shot down.

Despite injuries, he waved off a rescue from another helicopter and remained behind as the only American on the battlefield. Over the next 17 hours, he provided first aid to allies in the area and called in American air support to help defend the outmanned Vietnamese allies.

Army officials said he repeatedly exposed himself to hostile fire in order to protect the other men.

Maj. John J. Duffy was serving as the senior advisor to the 11th Airborne Battalion, 2nd Brigade, at the time of his heroism.

In April 1972, the battalion commander was killed and the command post destroyed during an attack. Duffy was wounded twice in the fighting but refused evacuation in order to ensure other personnel could be evacuated from the area.

The next morning, during another enemy assault, Duffy was wounded a third time while attempting to call in American air strikes. Over the course of two days of fighting, he maneuvered throughout the battlefield, identifying targets for American gunships and helping to get evacuated to safety.

Not including the four new awards, 260 service members have been presented the Medal of Honor for actions in Vietnam. Of those, 174 have been awarded to soldiers.

Here are their original award citations. While Kaneshiro survived the battle for which he’s earning the medal, he was killed in action four months later. In my research, this was at the Battle of Hoa Tan, recounted in detail here. Specialist Fujii’s award in particular is a magnificent read. It’s most egregious that he wasn’t initially awarded the MoH.

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President Elect Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH Neande

Too bad that these outstanding soldiers are being given this most prestigious honor by Stolen Election Sniffy Joe Xiden.

President Elect Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH Neande

Oops. Almost forgot to ask……if you don’t want/refuse to have an unpopular pResident award you your medal, is the medal rescinded? Or do you still get it, but in the mail or at a local ceremony?
IOW, is the pResidential awarding of a MOH a must, or is it just a pretty photo-op ceremony.
No disrespect to the troops (of any branch) being awarded. God alone knows how much they’ve already sacrificed.


Glad they are getting recognized at last.
I suppose they know how to suck it up in a bad situation, and so will endure the presentation by PINO Joe.


You suck it up and respect the rank. These guys have been through Hell and unfortunately you can’t choose whether someone has another stripe on their sleeve. I’m sure everyone here had a bag of shit in charge of them at one time. They clearly are the better man and have proved it on the battle field and off. Well deserved.


“Last Surviving WWII Medal Of Honor Recipient In Hospital, Family Requests Prayers For His ‘Last Days'”

“Hershel ‘Woody’ Williams, 98, Received The Medal For HIs Heroism on Iwo Jima”


He just passed away:

“Woody Williams, America’s Last World War II Medal of Honor Recipient Dies”

Rest In Peace.


Never Forget.


Good on them! Sorry it took so long.


’bout time! What took so long? Salute to these Warriors.

Thanks, Mason. Got lost in them provided linkys.