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Thursday, March 1, 2007

Congressional Medal of Honro

In case you didn't read THE NEW YORK TIMES' page 15, three lines from the bottom on Tuesday, I thought I'd mention that President Bush awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor to Major Bruce Crandall. He was a helicoptor pilot in Viet Nam 42 years ago and evacuated 70 wounded soldiers in the la Drang Valley. He made 14 flights in 14 hours to evacuate the men.

This medal is the highest military honor and is often given posthumously. Two men have received this honor for service in Iraq, they are Army Sgt. First Class Paul R. Smith and Marine Cpl. Jason L. Dunham, both died in action.

They are heroes. Bruce Crandall is now 74. I'm glad he has lived to receive this honor. It's too bad the major newspapers didn't feel it was worth front page coverage.

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