Biden awards Medal of Honor to four U.S. soldiers for Vietnam heroism: 'Setting the record straight' – New York Daily News

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WASHINGTON — President Biden on Tuesday bestowed the nation’s highest military honor to four Army soldiers for heroism that he said rose above and beyond the call of duty during the Vietnam War.
Biden presented the Medal of Honor to Staff Sgt. Edward Kaneshiro, Spc. 5 Dwight Birdwell, Spc. 5 Dennis Fujii and retired Maj. John Duffy. Speaking in the East Room of the White House, Biden praised their heroism and lamented that they hadn’t received appropriate recognition until now.
“Not every service member has received the full recognition they deserve,” Biden said. “Today, we’re setting the record straight.”
President Biden presents a posthumous Medal of Honor to John Kaneshiro (L), for the actions of his father, Army Staff Sgt. Edward Kaneshiro, in the Vietnam War, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House on Tuesday. (SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
Recounting their battlefield service, Biden said they “went far and above the call of duty.”
“More than 50 years have passed since the jungles of Vietnam,” Biden added. “But time has not diminished their bravery.”
Kaneshiro died in 1967 of a gunshot wound in Vietnam and received his honor posthumously for a Dec. 1, 1966 raid, in which his unit came under fire by North Vietnamese troops. His actions were credited with helping his unit withdraw from the village where they were fighting.
President Biden shakes hands with retired Army Maj. John Duffy after awarding him the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Vietnam War, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Tuesday. (SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
Birdwell, now a lawyer in Oklahoma City, was honored for his actions in helping to head off an assault and evacuate the wounded at Tan Son Nhut Airbase near Saigon on Jan. 31, 1968, despite injuries to his torso and face.
Fujii was presented with the medal for actions over four days in February 1971 treating the wounded and directing air strikes against enemy positions after his air ambulance was forced to crash land.
Duffy’s award is for leading troops who came under ambush after their commander was killed in action, repelling attackers and evacuating wounded, despite his own injuries.
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