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[casi] A Clarification - medal of honor

I am forwarding this from a former USAF source

 Came across a report from the Gannett News Service that alleges a
Medal of Honor recipient (one "earns" the medal, never "wins" it) is in
Iraq as part of the pro-Saddam appeaser crowd.  (I do READ all
 That said, I went to the official list of Medal of Honor holders and
find an Angelo J. LITEKY, but no Charles or "Charlie."
 Could be the same guy, but note the citation reads he was a Chaplain,
not a warrior, brave none-the-less, but not a trigger-puller.
 So. . .a) this guy is NOT the Angelo Liteky that earned the medal and
is a liar (and not the first one to claim the Medal of Honor), or b) he
is the guy, but one must keep in mind he's a Chaplain, not a warrior,
so his appeasement action is no great surprise.  (And, by the way, IF
he is the guy, and if he uses his identification with the medal as some
sort of qualifier, he would be stepped on by all the other recipients
who do support military action.  Additionally, Medal holders remain out
of politics, as a tradition.  So if this is the guy, he is tarnishing
the history and tradition of the Medal. . .a Medal dedicated to
selfless sacrifice.
 Oh, one last thing.  There is NO "Congressional" Medal of Honor.  It
is the Medal of Honor.  Those in the military know this, as apparently
news reporters do not, as they always call it the "congressional" Medal
of Honor.  Congress pays no role in awarding the medal.  "The Medal of
Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force
which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services
of the United States. Generally presented to its recipient by the
President of the United States of America in the name of Congress, it
is often called the Congressional Medal of Honor."
 Thought you might find useful, just to dispel the mistaken impression
that he was some Rambo-type that had "seen the light," as it were.

 Rank and organization: Chaplain (Capt.), U.S. Army, Headquarters and
Headquarters Company, 199th Infantry Brigade. place and date: Near
Phuoc-Lac, Bien Hoa province, Republic of Vietnam, 6 December 1967 .
Entered service at: Fort Hamilton, N.Y. Born: 14 February 1931,
Washington, D.C. Citation: Chaplain Liteky distinguished himself by
exceptional heroism while serving with Company A, 4th Battalion, 12th
Infantry, 199th Light Infantry Brigade. He was participating in a
search and destroy operation when Company A came under intense fire
from a battalion size enemy force. Momentarily stunned from the
immediate encounter that ensued, the men hugged the ground for cover.
Observing 2 wounded men, Chaplain Liteky moved to within 15 meters of
an enemy machine gun position to reach them, placing himself between
the enemy and the wounded men. When there was a brief respite in the
fighting, he managed to drag them to the relative safety of the landing
zone. Inspired by his courageous actions, the company rallied and began
placing a heavy volume of fire upon the enemy's positions. In a
magnificent display of courage and leadership, Chaplain Liteky began
moving upright through the enemy fire, administering last rites to the
dying and evacuating the wounded. Noticing another trapped and
seriously wounded man, Chaplain Liteky crawled to his aid. Realizing
that the wounded man was too heavy to carry, he rolled on his back,
placed the man on his chest and through sheer determination and
fortitude crawled back to the landing zone using his elbows and heels
to push himself along. pausing for breath momentarily, he returned to
the action and came upon a man entangled in the dense, thorny
underbrush. Once more intense enemy fire was directed at him, but
Chaplain Liteky stood his ground and calmly broke the vines and carried
the man to the landing zone for evacuation. On several occasions when
the landing zone was under small arms and rocket fire, Chaplain Liteky
stood up in the face of hostile fire and personally directed the
medivac helicopters into and out of the area. With the wounded safely
evacuated, Chaplain Liteky returned to the perimeter, constantly
encouraging and inspiring the men. Upon the unit's relief on the
morning of 7 December 1967, it was discovered that despite painful
wounds in the neck and foot, Chaplain Liteky had personally carried
over 20 men to the landing zone for evacuation during the savage
fighting. Through his indomitable inspiration and heroic actions,
Chaplain Liteky saved the lives of a number of his comrades and enabled
the company to repulse the enemy. Chaplain Liteky's actions reflect
great credit upon himself and were in keeping with the highest
traditions of the U.S. Army.
--- End Forwarded Message ---

Dr. Eric Herring
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