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Vietnam Hero to be Awarded Medal of Honor
DEFENSE-PRESS-SERVICE-L@DTIC.MIL ^ | Feb. 10, 2007 | Donna Miles

Posted on 02/13/2007 8:57:11 PM PST by Calpernia

WASHINGTON, - More than 40 years after demonstrating the heroism immortalized in the bestselling book and movie, "We Were Soldiers Once ... and Young," retired Army Lt. Col. Bruce P. Crandall will receive the Medal of Honor, the White House announced yesterday.

Crandall will receive the nation's highest military award for actions during the Battle of Ia Drang Valley in Vietnam in November 1965. The battle, at Landing Zone X-Ray near the Ia Drang River, was the first major ground battle of the war.

During the incident, Crandall, then a major and commander of Company A, 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile), dodged intense enemy fire as he repeatedly flew to a landing zone to rescue and resupply besieged 1st Cavalry Division ground troops.

The narrative for Crandall's Medal of Honor credits him with displaying leadership by example and fearless courage as he "voluntarily flew his unarmed helicopter through a gauntlet of enemy fire on flight after flight, delivering desperately needed ammunition, water and medical supplies into one of the most hotly contested landing zones of the war."

Crandall led a flight of 16 helicopters in support of the 1st Cavalry Division's 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, which was out of water, running dangerously low on ammunition and engaging about two regiments of North Vietnamese army infantry "determined to overrun and annihilate them," the narrative reads.

When the enemy fire got so intense that the infantry commander closed the landing zone, Crandall volunteered for the mission. He and his wingman, Maj. Ed Freeman, are credited with saving more than 70 wounded soldiers by transporting them to safety.

Freeman received the Medal of Honor for his efforts in July 2001.

Several books about the battle recognize Crandall and Freeman's contributions. Among the most well-known is the bestselling "We Were Soldiers Once ... and Young," coauthored by Lt. Gen. Harold Moore, commanding officer of infantry units in X-Ray, and Joseph Galloway, a combat reporter who was in the landing zone during the battle.

A major motion picture based on the book featured actor Greg Kinnear as Crandall.

Later during his Vietnam tour, Crandall demonstrated another act of heroism. While under enemy fire, using a flashlight to guide his UH-1 Huey helicopter, he dropped through dense jungle to rescue 12 wounded soldiers. For that action, he was awarded the first AVCO-Aviation/Space Writers Association Helicopter Heroism Award. This award is sponsored by the Aviation/Space Writers Association and AVCC Corporation, and is awarded to an individual for heroism efforts involving the use of helicopter..

During a second tour in Vietnam, in 1968, Crandall was downed during another rescue attempt and spent five months in the hospital. He resumed his military career, retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 1977.

Crandall was inducted into the Army Aviation Hall of Fame at Fort Rucker, Ala., in 2004. He also was the seventh Army inductee into the "Gathering of Eagles," a U.S. Air Force organization that honors contributors to aviation.

Bush will present Crandall the Medal of Honor during a Feb. 26 White House ceremony.

After receiving the Medal of Honor, Crandall will join 111 other living recipients of the award, 60 of them awarded for actions in Vietnam, according to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.

The Medal of Honor, the highest U.S. military decoration, is awarded "for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life, above and beyond the call of duty, in actual combat against an armed enemy force." Since it was first awarded during the Civil War, the medal has been awarded 3,461 times.

The Medal of Honor was last presented to the family of 22-year-old Marine Cpl. Jason L. Dunham, who died using his body to shield fellow Marines in Iraq from a hand grenade April 15, 2004. President Bush awarded Dunham's Medal of Honor posthumously during a Jan. 11 ceremony at the White House.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: iadrangvalley; moh; vietnam; xray

Combat Camera Video

1 posted on 02/13/2007 8:57:15 PM PST by Calpernia
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To: Calpernia
Pictures of a vietnamese Re-Education Camp (Vietnam Human Rights Bill)
2 posted on 02/13/2007 8:58:19 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Calpernia
"ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer
"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Veteran-Battle of IA DRANG-1965, Landing Zone Falcon

3 posted on 02/13/2007 8:59:12 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: BIGLOOK; ALOHA RONNIE; An Old Marine; SandRat; xzins

ping


4 posted on 02/13/2007 8:59:44 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Calpernia

40 years overdue, IMHO.

Fortunately, he's still alive to receive what he so richly deserves.


5 posted on 02/13/2007 9:01:08 PM PST by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Calpernia

bump for later


6 posted on 02/13/2007 9:02:37 PM PST by righthand man (WE'RE SOUTHERN AND PROUD OF IT)
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To: All; Calpernia; mdcrandall; Boston

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NEVER FORGET




BRUCE CRANDALL = Medal of Honor

http://www.ArmchairGeneral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=48215




NEVER FORGET

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7 posted on 02/13/2007 9:04:52 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: Calpernia
Greg Kinnear played Maj. Bruce Crandall in "We Were Soldiers"
8 posted on 02/13/2007 9:09:48 PM PST by miliantnutcase ("If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. If it stops moving, subsidize it." -ichabod1)
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To: miliantnutcase
Need to ADD!

THE REAL MAJOR BRUCE P. CRANDALL
A/229TH AVN BN-VIETNAM


9 posted on 02/13/2007 9:14:00 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Calpernia

That's great!


10 posted on 02/13/2007 9:15:40 PM PST by Convert (I pray for a swift, honorable,merciful,charitable victory with peace founded on God's Mercy and Law)
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To: All; Calpernia

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NEVER FORGET



'Aid Station' Combat Video =

IA DRANG S-1 Personnel Clerk ALOHA RONNIE Guyer working in between a 7th Cavalry Medic and the wounded Pfc. CLINTON POLEY he is attending to.



NEVER FORGET

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11 posted on 02/13/2007 9:15:49 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: miliantnutcase; Spktyr

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We've all been praying that BRUCE CRANDALL, who has already suffered one stroke, finally see's his Day in the White House.

GOD is Good.

http://www.lzxray.com/crandall.htm

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12 posted on 02/13/2007 9:30:07 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: Calpernia; ALOHA RONNIE; Alas Babylon!; American_Centurion; An.American.Expatriate; ASA.Ranger; ...
While this doesn't pertain to Intel, it has importance to all who slogged it out in the theater.

On February 26, 2007. President Bush will award Lt Col Crandel the Medal of Honor.

Attention on Deck!
13 posted on 02/13/2007 9:56:57 PM PST by BIGLOOK (Keelhauling is a sensible solution to mutiny.)
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To: 2LT Radix jr; 80 Square Miles; 359Henrie; acad1228; AirForceMom; Alas Babylon!; AliVeritas; ...

Overdue HAPPY Ping ~~!


14 posted on 02/13/2007 10:19:25 PM PST by STARWISE (They (Rats) think of this WOT as Bush's war, not America's war-RichardMiniter, respected OBL author)
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To: Calpernia

Bumperoo.

Long over due.


15 posted on 02/14/2007 3:00:07 AM PST by roaddog727 (BullS##t does not get bridges built)
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To: STARWISE

BTTT


16 posted on 02/14/2007 3:00:42 AM PST by E.G.C.
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To: ALOHA RONNIE
When I first read this story yesterday it brought tears to my eyes..I was in Nam at this time...I was out of Clark AB servimg with the 7AF HDQTRs in Saigon...I was a Air Force Mobile Comm...We were called Black Hatters..http://1stmob.com/index.htm
The unit is still active today in Iraq but under another name.....I have watched the movie so many times at home and each and every time it has an effect on me...I am so happy for Bruce Crandall...and his family...When this battle was going on we got lots of updates and there was so much concern about what was going on...I know that there was several Air Force vets who would have volunteered in a heart beat to help but we were told we did not have the combat capabilities...I have been reading your post here for along time ...Ronnie I have the up most respect for you and the others who fought in this battle....
I saw the results as those that payed the ultimate price were brought into the morgue at Tan Son Nhut and then shipped home...Some of the images that I saw when I walked by the morgue are still etched in my mind to this day....I went to the terminal one day to send off a friend who was headed back to Japan...I met one of the soldiers who fought with you..He was headed home...I sit and talked to him for a while because it seem that I was almost talking to a dead man walking...I say that with respect...I told him how much I respected what he had done and wished him well...He told me he lost allot of friends during that time and his life would never ever be the same....I do not know what happened to him but my prayers are with him till this day.....Hearing news like this makes me proud to have served not only in Nam but with Men like Bruce Crandell...Even though we were in different branches. We all served..I am proud of my service and extremely proud of yours and Bruce Crandalls......Wes
17 posted on 02/14/2007 6:06:08 AM PST by RNO1 (POW's Never Ever Have A Good Day)
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To: freema

Your ping list might like this thread too.


18 posted on 02/16/2007 5:50:40 PM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: RNO1; ALOHA RONNIE; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; Calpernia; 1stbn27; 2111USMC; 2nd Bn, 11th Mar; ...

Wes, an honor to read your post.


19 posted on 02/16/2007 6:31:42 PM PST by freema (Marine FRiend, 1stCuz2xRemoved, Mom, Aunt, Sister, Friend, Wife, Daughter, Niece)
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To: mdcrandall

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I think this one's for you, md

Post No. 17....


AR


20 posted on 02/16/2007 6:58:34 PM PST by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: Calpernia
LTC Crandall - - -

(Saluting smartly) Congrats for (deservedly) receiving the highest decoration that our Country gives.

(Your patience is also commendable)

21 posted on 02/16/2007 8:36:47 PM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: TADSLOS

cross posting

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1790344/posts
Vietnam Vet to Receive Medal of Honor 41 Years After Battle


22 posted on 02/24/2007 4:54:29 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: All; RNO1

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NEVER FORGET

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CLARITY =

Once a soldier and young,

They are still soldiers

http://www.ArmchairGeneral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=66978

Just for the LOVE of FREEDOM.

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NEVER FORGET

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23 posted on 10/10/2009 7:29:37 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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