101st Airborne Division to induct Sabo to Medal of Honor Rotunda tomorrow
January 24, 2013
After more than four decades, U.S. Army Specialist Leslie Sabo Jr., finally received his posthumous Medal of Honor during a ceremony held at the White House on May 16, 2012.
During the ceremony, President Barack Obama presented the award to Sabo's widow, Rose Mary Sabo-Brown, as several comrades from Sabo's unit, Company B, 3rd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, paid their respects to him and the seven other Screaming Eagles lost during an ambush in Cambodia on May 10, 1970, during the Vietnam War.
This Friday, during a ceremony at Fort Campbell, Sabo's photo and medal citation will be placed next to the 19 other recipients of the nation's highest award for valor in combat from the 101st in the Medal of Honor Rotunda at McAuliffe Hall.
The placing of his plaque at the division headquarters represents the last order of business the country owes to Sabo, said Eric Poole, a reporter for Sabo's hometown newspaper, the Ellwood City (Pa.) Ledger, and author of "Forgotten Honor," a biography of Sabo.
To Poole, Sabo's story has become a labor of love. During a telephone interview on Tuesday, Poole explained the extenuating circumstances in which Sabo's medal recommendation was lost for 29 years, discovered and then gained national attention. Poole said he believes the whole story represents how many Americans treated returning Vietnam veterans.
Since Sabo was awarded the Medal of Honor, his hometown of Ellwood City has honored him on several occasions by naming a local bridge after him and erecting a monument in a town park, said Poole.