Trump awards Medal of Honor to Vietnam War medic

President Trump on Monday awarded the Medal of Honor to a retired Army captain who saved dozens of lives during the Vietnam War.
 
"For many years the story of Mike’s heroism had gone untold. Today we gather to tell the world of his valor and proudly present him with our nation’s highest military honor," Trump said at the White House ceremony, adding that the award will forever "enshrine him into the history of our nation."

Gary Michael Rose received the award for his service as a medic during the war, when he repeatedly risked his life by running into the line of fire to provide emergency medical treatment to his fellow soldiers. At one point, he reportedly shielded an injured soldier with his own body to keep him from harm.

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Rose is believed to have aided and saved around 60 to 70 men who were participating in the 1970 Operation Tailwind, a "harrowing" four day mission that aimed to prevent the North Vietnamese from transporting weapons through the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

The president described how Rose continued to save many men despite being seriously injured after shrapnel "left a gaping hole in Mike’s foot."

"To Mike and all the service members who fought in that battle, you’ve earned the eternal gratitude of the entire American nation," Trump told the room, which included Vice President Pence, Veterans Affairs Secretary David ShulkinDavid Jonathon ShulkinFormer Trump VA secretary says staffer found plans to replace him in department copier VA under pressure to ease medical marijuana rules Press: Acosta, latest to walk the plank MORE, national security adviser H.R. McMaster and others.

"Your devotion to your country inspires us all," Trump said.

In 1971, Rose was also awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation’s second highest medal for valor.

Trump previously has bestowed the award to James McCloughan, who also served as a Vietnam War medic.