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Sunday, November 8, 2020

A Helluva Story About A Helluva Man



Roy Benevidez was a awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions in the firefight that has been called “Six Hours in hell.” In April of 1968, an American unit was on patrol west of Loc Ninh, near the South Vietnamese-Cambodian border when they ran into a 1,000-man NVA infantry battalion. Benevidez voluntarily boarded a helicopter to reinforce the unit, and was dropped into the fight for his life. Benevidez ran to the pinned down unit after being dropped off. On the way, he was wounded in his right leg, face, and head. He took control of the soldiers, dragged half of the wounded to a Medevec helicopter, and then ran alongside the helicopter as it moved to pick up more wounded. As Benevidez went back to secure classified documents from the body of a dead soldier, the helicopter’s pilot was mortally wounded, and the aircraft crashed. Benevidez secured the documents, went back to the helicopter, and aided the wounded out of the overturned aircraft. He guided the men to a defensive position and called in airstrikes. When another helicopter came, he ferried the wounded, killed one NVA soldier in hand-to-hand combat, and killed two others that were charging the helicopter from behind it. After making sure all the wounded were on board, Benevidez collapsed, but was pulled onto the helicopter. Thinking he was dead, a doctor put him in a body bag and only stopped zipping it up when Benevidez spat in his face. Benavidez sustained seven major gunshot wounds, had shrapnel in his head, scalp, shoulder, buttocks, feet, and legs, had both his arms slashed by a bayonet, and had a collapsed lung. He was originally awarded the Distinguished Service Cross because his superiors thought he would die and wanted him to be awarded before his death. In 1981, his award was upgraded to the Medal of Honor.


H/T to Ed in Moulton




 

13 comments:

  1. He should have been given the MoH right then and there. Idiot REMF's.

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    1. The MOH requires some serious hoop jumping. The rationale why the DSC was given is that it can be approved quickly and they wanted to see that he was recognized for his valor before he died, which was expected very shortly. I recall the award of the MOH during the Reagan admin and was thrilled the DSC was upgraded.

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  2. He lived near Houston. I heared him talk once he said something I have never forgotten. About the that day HELL WAS IN SESSION.

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  3. Had a couple of big ones, God bless him.

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  4. As with all of us, he will eventually die. In the year 2278 - because fuck you, that's why!

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  5. Stuff boys use to read about in bed under the covers with a torch.

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  6. Hi Irish,
    Like you say,"A Helluva Story About A Helluva Man!!"
    I concur!!
    That was in APR1968,
    I Got to the "War Zone" off Da Nang Vietnam in MAY of 1968 on the USS PRINCETON LPH-5.
    BUBBA!! It was a Shitstorm day-in, day-out!!

    "Uncommon Valor was a Common Virtue"

    Audentes, Fortuna, Ivat,
    skybill


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  7. A great American. He once said, "Americans never give up".

    Something to keep in mind right now.

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  8. I drive thru Cuero, TX on occasion. They have a monument to him there.

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    1. I want to be there when Antifa/BLM demands it be taken down.

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    2. Like Irish said, popcorn and ammo!

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  9. He's got several or more recorded talks on youtube. Hard to imagine a better person this side of Heaven.

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