U.S. President Joe Biden Awards Medal of Honor to Four Vietnam War Soldiers

United States President Joe Biden on July 5 awarded the Medal of Honor to four U.S. Army veterans who fought in the Vietnam War.

The recipients of the highest decoration in the U.S. military were Staff Sergeant Edward N. Kaneshiro, Specialist Five Dwight W. Birdwell, Specialist Five Dennis M. Fujii, and retired Major John J. Duffy.

Kaneshiro received the award posthumously, with his son accepting it on his behalf.

“They stood in the way of danger, risked everything… to defend our nation and our values,” Biden said at the ceremony in the White House.

“However, not every service member has received the full recognition they deserve. Today we’re setting the record straight. We’re upgrading the awards of four soldiers who performed acts of incredible heroism during the Vietnam conflict,” Biden further said.

Kaneshiro was leading a platoon in 1966 when North Vietnamese fighters attacked them. He destroyed an enemy group, enabling the rest of his unit to successfully withdraw, according to the White House.

Kaneshiro was killed in action three months after the incident.

Birdwell was serving in a tank unit when his airbase was attacked. He refused evacuation, led a small group against the enemy, and continued to treat the wounded until he was ordered to seek medical treatment, according to the U.S. Army.

Fujii was in a medevac helicopter that crashed in 1971, wounding him. However, he rejected medical aid from another helicopter, treated allied soldiers, and called in U.S. helicopter gunships to repel enemy attacks.

Duffy was wounded in battle in 1972 but refused to be evacuated. Instead, he moved closer to enemy positions to call in air strikes and helped move the wounded to an evacuation site.

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