Monday, February 26, 2007

long overdue honors.

LTC Bruce Crandall received his belated Medal of Honor today, for his actions during the 1965 Battle of Ia Drang Valley. He joins his wingman, Ed "Too Tall" Freeman, who received the Medal of Honor in 2001 already.

Together, Messrs. Crandall and Freeman medevaced 70 wounded soldiers from Landing Zone X-Ray with unarmed and unarmored UH-1 Hueys under intense fire, having to switch helicopters due to battle damage several times in the course of their day-long rescue operation.

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