By Eric Poole
On may perhaps 10, 1970, through the Cambodian Incursion, military professional Leslie Sabo Jr., 22-years previous, married purely 30 days sooner than transport out and on lively accountability for simply 6 months, died as his patrol was once ambushed close to a distant border sector of Cambodia. whilst an enemy grenade landed close to a wounded comrade, Sabo used his physique to safeguard the soldier from the blast. regardless of being mortally injured, he crawled in the direction of the enemy emplacement and threw a grenade into the bunker. The explosion silenced the enemy hearth, but additionally ended Sabo's existence. This assault by way of North Vietnamese troops killed 8 of Sabo's fellow squaddies from the a hundred and first Airborne department and could grow to be often called the "Mother's Day Ambush." Sabo's commanders nominated him for the Medal of Honor, however the request was once someway misplaced. A crusade to right the oversight begun in 1999, finally resulting in laws that eradicated the three-year closing date on awarding this medal.
Forty-two years after his selfless acts of heroism throughout the Vietnam battle stored the lives of his fellow infantrymen; Leslie H. Sabo Jr. posthumously bought the Medal of Honor on may possibly sixteen, 2012.
utilizing army files and interviews with surviving infantrymen, journalist Eric Poole recreates the fear of strive against amidst the jungles and rice paddies as Bravo corporation third Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, one hundred and first Airborne solid bonds of brotherhood of their conflict for survival. Company of Heroes deals an perception into the amazing and harrowing reviews of only a small variety of males from a unmarried unit, deep within the jungles of Vietnam and Cambodia.
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Because they decided I got their story right with my initial reports, many of them decided to reveal additional, and sometimes harrowing, parts of their stories, both while they were in Vietnam and after they returned home. I’m thankful to all of them for their service and for their openness in telling me about their experiences. I’m hopeful that this book does honor to them and to all Vietnam veterans who got no credit for their accomplishments and too much blame for the failures of others. And if Leslie Sabo’s surviving comrades suffered after he left them behind, so did his surviving family members.
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The three of you own a large piece of any success I might have. Eric Poole February 2014 PROLOGUE Around 3:45pm on February 1, 2012, the telephone on Rose Sabo Brown’s computer desk jangled to life. She had been expecting the call, and answered quickly. ” Finally, she put her hand over the speaker and mouthed three words, silent yet thunderous. ” A few minutes later, President Barack Obama came on Sabo Brown’s phone line and told her that Leslie H. , the husband whose battlefield death had left her a widow more than four decades earlier, would receive the Medal of Honor, the US military’s highest award for combat valor.