Medal of Honor awarded forty years after the fact

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  1. Four Decades Later, Vietnam War Hero Spec. Leslie Sabo Receives Medal of Honor - Yahoo! News

    THIS is the sort of thing that boils my piss. Because some bean counter mislaid the paperwork, the medal was not awarded on a timely basis and was nearly even out of consideration. Can you imagine the uproar if some drone in Whitehall did this with a recommendation for the VC?


    One of President Bill Clinton's last official duties was to award even more delayed Medals of Honor to the family of Lt Col Theodore Roosevelt for his actions in the Spanish-American War (a hundred years after the fact). It is claimked his medal was never approved by the Secretary of War because he was so outspoken over the treatment of injured and sick troops.
    And he was. There were more casualties due to illness in Cuba than to enemy action.

    A second medal was presented to the ninety-three year old daughter of a black colour bearer for his actions one hundred thirty-seven years prior. It was claimed his medal was never awarded 'because someone fucked with the paperwork' [my words].
  2. Yeah,but what can you do?
  3. Aren't there all sorts of other benefits that go with a Medal of Honour? It'd be a shame if his widow missed out on forty years worth because a clerk fucked up.

    Edited to add: Kudos to the bloke at yahoo news for indicating in the caption which one was Obama and which one was the 60-odd year old war widow. We'd have been fucked without you mate.
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  4. The then 22-year-old Sabo died on May 10, 1970 as his patrol was ambushed near a remote border area of Cambodia. The attack by North Vietnamese troops killed seven of Sabo's fellow soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division and would come to be known as the "Mother's Day ambush."
    A White House statement announcing Sabo's receipt of the Medal of Honor in April described how Sabo gave his life that day to silence the enemy fire.
    According to the release, Sabo charged enemy positions and killed several North Vietnamese fighters while drawing fire away from his unit.

    Later, Sabo used his body to shield a wounded soldier from the blast of a tossed grenade. Wounded by automatic weapons fire, he crawled towards an enemy bunker and dropped a grenade that "silenced the enemy fire, but also ended Specialist Sabo's life."

    I suppose better late than never
  5. IIRC some septic airlines give free air travel. I wonder if they'll back-date it? :)

    The 'perks' of a Medal of Honor - CNN
  6. These pen pushers are cunts, no mistake. They never lose the paperwork with the evidence of you curling one off in the Razzmans boots now do they?
  7. The US is a big place and so is the US army, it's fairly fast population of constantly moving and changing people so some people are just going to get lost in the system, some times for good.

    Modern enlistees may have a digitial trail following them anywhere and everywhere but older records are a complete and utter admin nightmare, especialy once you throw in wars which confuse the issue even further.
  8. ugly

    ugly LE Moderator

    At least their records werent bombed by Gerry! Sorry jerry!