Hero With S.A. Ties Receives Medal of Honor

A Vietnam War hero with ties to San Antonio is presented with the Congressional Medal of Honor.

“A soldier never leaves his comrades behind” President Barack Obama said as he presented the Nation’s highest honor to Charles Kettles–who is credited with saving 44 fellow soldiers under fire in 1967.

“You couldn’t make this up” Obama said, adding “It was like a bad Rambo movie” drawing laughs from those gathered for the ceremony.

For his part, Kettles remains humble.

“The whole mission was worth it simply–if nothing else–to get those 44 men out of thee” Kettles said, adding “It was successful in that regard to minimize the losses. That’s the only thing that really matters.

Kettles would later be stationed at Fort Sam Houston–and would go on to earn a degree from Our Lady of the Lake University.



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