By Eric Poole
On may well 10, 1970, through the Cambodian Incursion, military professional Leslie Sabo Jr., 22-years previous, married in basic terms 30 days ahead of delivery out and on energetic responsibility for simply 6 months, died as his patrol used to be ambushed close to a distant border zone of Cambodia. whilst an enemy grenade landed close to a wounded comrade, Sabo used his physique to guard the soldier from the blast. regardless of being mortally injured, he crawled in the direction of the enemy emplacement and threw a grenade into the bunker. The explosion silenced the enemy fireplace, but in addition ended Sabo's existence. This assault via North Vietnamese troops killed 8 of Sabo's fellow squaddies from the a hundred and first Airborne department and could become referred to as the "Mother's Day Ambush." Sabo's commanders nominated him for the Medal of Honor, however the request was once by some means misplaced. A crusade to right the oversight begun in 1999, eventually resulting in laws that eradicated the three-year closing date on awarding this medal.
Forty-two years after his selfless acts of heroism throughout the Vietnam struggle kept the lives of his fellow infantrymen; Leslie H. Sabo Jr. posthumously acquired the Medal of Honor on could sixteen, 2012.
utilizing army documents and interviews with surviving infantrymen, journalist Eric Poole recreates the phobia of strive against amidst the jungles and rice paddies as Bravo corporation third Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, a hundred and first Airborne solid bonds of brotherhood of their conflict for survival. Company of Heroes bargains an perception into the really good and harrowing stories of only a small variety of males from a unmarried unit, deep within the jungles of Vietnam and Cambodia.
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All of them were preoccupied with their DEROS – Date Eligible for Return from Overseas. In plain language translated from Pentagonacronym-speak, it was the day they were scheduled to leave Vietnam for “the world,” as home was known to the troops. ” At Christmas of 1969, Dick Freeling was one of the shortest of Bravo Company’s short timers. A native of the Great Plains, Freeling saw a mountain for the first time in his life at basic training at Fort Lewis, Washington, where Mount Rainier was visible outside his barracks window.
After graduating from high school in 1966, he avoided the draft as a student at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. Once he flunked out, though, Uncle Sam came calling. For the new arrivals, being combat airlifted by helicopter hundreds of feet above double- and triple-canopy jungles was a bit of a shock, one which Freeling had already overcome. “All of a sudden, you’re 19 years old and this isn’t watching the 6 o’clock news anymore,” he said. “You are the guy in the helicopter. These people are not leaving that village because they want to.
In Vietnam, the use of combat parachute drops were all but abandoned in favor of more precise and effective helicopter assaults. But that didn’t prevent two Bravo Company veterans – from a group of less than 200 soldiers – from moving on to places on the Army’s elite Golden Knights parachuting team. The battalion’s commander during that time is in the Army Aviation Hall of Fame. By the final months of 1969, when Leslie Sabo and many of his comrades arrived in Vietnam, it was becoming increasingly clear that they weren’t battling against communism, but rather on behalf of a brutal, corrupt string of South Vietnamese despots who enjoyed no credibility outside the immediate shadow of American guns.
Company of Heroes: A Forgotten Medal of Honor and Bravo Company's War in Vietnam by Eric Poole