The White House announced today, Feb. 9, that President George W. Bush will present the Medal of Honor to Army veteran Bruce P. Crandall in recognition of his valor at Landing Zone X-Ray during the Battle of Ia Drang in Vietnam.

Crandall, who will receive the Medal of Honor during a White House ceremony Feb. 26, will be recognized for repeatedly flying to a landing zone under intense enemy fire to rescue and re-supply 1st Cavalry Division ground Soldiers. Even after the landing zone closed, Crandall, then a major, led two aircraft into the area on medical evacuation and re-supply missions, transporting more than 70 wounded Soldiers to safety.

The Army will honor Crandall at a Pentagon ceremony Feb. 27 at 2 p.m. at the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes.

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