During a White House ceremony, President Donald Trump presented the highest possible military honor to a Hunstville native, Mr Gary Michael Rose.
Mr Rose received the Medal of Honor for his services during the Vietnam war as an Army Medic.
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President Trump told him: "We want you to know that the medal we will present today will forever enshrine your grandfather - and he is a good man, we just spoke to him for a long time - this will enshrine him into the history of our nation."
Mr Rose treated his wounded comrades as his unit had fallen behind enemy lines during combat in Laos, known as Operation Tailwind. He treated more than 60 wounded soldiers in the four day operation.
<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">HONORING: Vietnam War Veteran Army Capt. Gary Michael Rose who was awarded the Medal of Honor for risking his life to save others. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ThankYou?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ThankYou</a> <a href="https://t.co/h72cZ6at8Y">pic.twitter.com/h72cZ6at8Y</a></p>— Ben Kennedy (@BenKennedyTV) <a href="https://twitter.com/BenKennedyTV/status/922550232956702720?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 23, 2017</a></blockquote>
The US President described mr Rose’s heroism at length: "The people who were with him could not believe what they were witnessing. He crawled from one soldier to the next, offering words of encouragement as he tended to their wounds. On the second day, one of the Allied soldiers was shot outside their company perimeter. Again, Mike raced to the side of the soldier, exposing himself to constant fire. Mike fired with one arm while dragging the injured soldier back to the perimeter."
"For the next 48 excruciating hours, he used a branch as a crutch and went on rescuing the wounded. Mike did not stop to eat, to sleep or even care for his own serious injury as he saved the lives of his fellow soldiers. On the second and final night of the mission, the enemy surrounded the company.
"All night long, Mike treated the wounded and dug trenches to protect them from blazing rockets and grenades. After four days of constant engagement with the enemy and successfully destroying an enemy base camp, Mike's unit prepared to depart."
During the departure of their group, Mr Rose was shot in the neck. The helicopter in which he was got gunned down just one mile later and he was thrown into the grass. Mr Rose immediately got back up and went over the help his fallen comrades.
The ceremony was also attended by Vice President Mike Pence and his family.