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    I was doing my news reading this morning and came across.

    Medal of Honor recipient Bob Howard died.

    Recommended for the Medal of Honor 3 times (for 3 separate actions within a 13 month period of time), awarded to him once. Awarded 4 Bronze Stars, 8 (yes EIGHT) purple hearts, served 5 tours in Viet Nam - most as a Green Beret of the 5th Special Forces Group. Wounded 14 times in the 54 months that he served in Viet Nam, Laos, and Cambodia.

    His list of awards include:

    Medal of Honor

    Distinguished Service Cross

    Silver Star

    Bronze Star - for Valor - 4 awards

    Purple Heart - 8 awards

    Air Medal for Valor - 3 awards

    A complete list of awards, accomplishments, and achievements:

    http://rlhtribute.com/bio.htm



    http://dailynightly.msnbc.msn.com/ar...24/287035.aspx

    http://www.military.com/news/article...-in-texas.html

    http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcont...1.4bce6ae.html
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    Colonel Howard's Medal of Honor Citation:

    http://rlhtribute.com/howard_citation.htm


    HOWARD, ROBERT L.

    Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces

    Place and date: Republic of Vietnam, 30 December 1968

    Entered service at: Montgomery, Alabama

    Born: 11 July 1939, Opelika, Alabama


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    Citation:

    For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. 1st Lt. Howard (then SFC.), distinguished himself while serving as platoon sergeant of an American-Vietnamese platoon which was on a mission to rescue a missing American soldier in enemy controlled territory in the Republic of Vietnam. The platoon had left its helicopter landing zone and was moving out on its mission when it was attacked by an estimated 2-company force. During the initial engagement, 1st Lt. Howard was wounded and his weapon destroyed by a grenade explosion. 1st Lt. Howard saw his platoon leader had been wounded seriously and was exposed to fire. Although unable to walk, and weaponless, 1st Lt. Howard unhesitatingly crawled through a hail of fire to retrieve his wounded leader. As 1st Lt. Howard was administering first aid and removing the officer's equipment, an enemy bullet struck 1 of the ammunition pouches on the lieutenant's belt, detonating several magazines of ammunition. 1st Lt. Howard momentarily sought cover and then realizing that he must rejoin the platoon, which had been disorganized by the enemy attack, he again began dragging the seriously wounded officer toward the platoon area. Through his outstanding example of indomitable courage and bravery, 1st Lt. Howard was able to rally the platoon into an organized defense force. With complete disregard for his safety, 1st Lt. Howard crawled from position to position, administering first aid to the wounded, giving encouragement to the defenders and directing their fire on the encircling enemy. For 3 1/2 hours 1st Lt. Howard's small force and supporting aircraft successfully repulsed enemy attacks and finally were in sufficient control to permit the landing of rescue helicopters. 1st Lt. Howard personally supervised the loading of his men and did not leave the bullet-swept landing zone until all were aboard safely. 1st Lt. Howard's gallantry in action, his complete devotion to the welfare of his men at the risk of his life were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.
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    We sure don't build'm like that any more. Thanks Sharkie.

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    Rest in peace Colonel!


    You've served your time in Hell!
    Stay Safe and Well Out There....

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    There're service members who want to wear the ribbons but until they earn them never realize what it sometimes takes to get them.
    Then there're people who probably never concerned themselves with wearing much "fruit salad" and looked at what they did to earn the medals they wear as just part of the job.
    There's going to be more people like Colonel Howard.There always is.

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    A true American hero.

    You are right, they don't make em' like that anymore!



    RIP Colonel. thank you for your service.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaSharkie View Post
    Recommended for the Medal of Honor 3 times (for 3 separate actions within a 13 month period of time), awarded to him once.


    I caught this on NBC news and they stated that part of the reason he only received one Medal of Honor is because there's a rule that you can only be awarded one. Considering most recipients die doing what earned them the medal, being recommended 3 times is pretty damn impressive in and of itself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FireMedic049 View Post
    I caught this on NBC news and they stated that part of the reason he only received one Medal of Honor is because there's a rule that you can only be awarded one. Considering most recipients die doing what earned them the medal, being recommended 3 times is pretty damn impressive in and of itself.
    I agree. Brian Williams usually does a very nice job when he reports on the death of our nation's Medal of Honor recipients.

    While reading the articles on the Colonel, there wsa note that some folks believe the awards were downgraded to Silver Star and DSC because they occurred on clandestine missions that were in Laos or Cambodia.

    I find it a bit odd that only one Medal of Honor may be awarded, considering several men have been awarded multiple Medals of Honor for combat action in the past.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FireMedic049 View Post
    I caught this on NBC news and they stated that part of the reason he only received one Medal of Honor is because there's a rule that you can only be awarded one.
    No sir, you are wrong. 19 have been awarded it twice.
    http://www.cmohs.org/double-recipients.php


    Here are the official rules of the MOH:
    http://digital.library.unt.edu/govdo...eta-crs-8940:1
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dickey View Post
    No sir, you are wrong. 19 have been awarded it twice.
    http://www.cmohs.org/double-recipients.php


    Here are the official rules of the MOH:
    http://digital.library.unt.edu/govdo...eta-crs-8940:1
    I was only repeating what the news reported. Nonetheless, it was still a pretty impressive military career.

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    You'll never see a reporter doing anything worthy of the Medal.

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    I fixed your post for you.

    Quote Originally Posted by doughesson View Post
    You'll never see a reporter doing anything worthy.
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