Medal of Honor

NPR's Steve Inskeep reports on Alfred Rascon, who will receive the Medal of Honor today at the White House. Rascon, who was born in Mexico, served as a medic in Vietnam when he was seventeen. Rascon threw himself between enemy fire and a wounded soldier twice during a firefight. Despite being injured himself, he returned to the scene to drag wounded soldiers out of the line of fire. After the incident, Rascon's colleagues recommended he be awarded the medal of honor, but he only received the silver star. When the veterans discovered this at a reunion decades later, they began campaigning for him to receive the nation's highest military honor.

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