Capt. Gary M. Rose received the Medal of Honor from President Trump at the White House this afternoon.
When you hear him tell his story, you wonder what took the U.S. so long.
He was only 23 when he served as a combat medic with U.S. Special Forces.
In September 1970, he flew into Laos on a mission, taking heavy enemy fire from the start that persisted for four days. Rose was wounded, but took care of the injured. He was on the last helicopter out. It was shot down.
Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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