President Trump presented Gary Michael Rose the nation’s highest military honor for conspicuous gallantry during the Vietnam War in a ceremony Monday at the White House.
Rose, 69, received the decoration for his actions over a four-day period in September 1970 when his Special Forces team encountered enemy forces deep behind the lines in Laos.
According to the Army, Rose was part of a small force composed of Americans, South Vietnamese allies and Montagnards inserted 70 kilometers into enemy territory, where they came in contact with a company-sized unit of North Vietnamese Army. The enemy force later ballooned to over 500.
Amazingly, despite numerous wounds of his own, Rose attended 60-70 wounded comrades, at one point crawling back to his downed helicopter – what had been the final evacuation flight out of the area – to pull wounded and unconscious teammates from the wreckage even though it was smoking and leaking fuel.
Rose is the second MOH recipient of Trump’s term. In August, he presented U.S. Army Spc. 5 James C. McCloughan, of South Haven, Michigan, the Medal of Honor. Like Rose, McCloughan was a Vietnam Veteran and Army medic.
Nine former recipients were on-hand at the White House for the ceremony.
Here is Rose’s speech at the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon