Vietnam War Soldier posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor

Wednesday May 16, 2012

What is it?

The Medal of Honor is the Nation's highest medal for valor in combat that can be awarded to members of the armed forces. Since the medal's creation in 1862, there have been more than 3,400 recipients; more than 2,400 of those were Soldiers.

What did Spc. Sabo do to receive the Medal of Honor?

The White House recently announced President Obama will present the Medal of Honor to the family of Specialist Four Leslie H. Sabo, Jr. during a White House ceremony today at 3 p.m.

On May 10, 1970, Spc. Sabo displayed extraordinary heroism while assigned to Company B, 3d Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. It was during this deployment to Vietnam that members of Company B were ambushed by a large enemy force while conducting a reconnaissance patrol in Se San, Cambodia as part of Operation Binh Tay I. During the ambush, Spc. Sabo charged an enemy position, killing several enemy soldiers. Immediately thereafter, he assaulted an enemy flanking force, successfully drawing their fire away from friendly soldiers and ultimately forcing the enemy to retreat. Ultimately, Spc. Sabo was killed in action while saving a teammate's life after picking up a grenade, throwing it and shielding his teammate with his own body, thus absorbing the brunt of the blast.

What events will take place in honor of the Medal of Honor Recipients?

In addition to today's ceremony at the White House, Army senior leaders will recognize Spc. Sabo, his family and comrades in a Pentagon ceremony at the Hall of Heroes on May 17 at 1 p.m. The family will be presented with the official picture and citation, and Medal of Honor flag. The Hall of Heroes plaque will also be unveiled. Both ceremonies can be viewed on The Pentagon Channel's website,

Why is this important to the Army?

The actions of Spc. Sabo embody the Army Values and its highest ideals. His acts of valor occurred more than 40 years ago, yet reflect the moral fiber that continues to hold our Army together today. His selflessness, leadership and service above and beyond the call of duty exemplify why America's Army has always been--and continues to be--the strength of our Nation.


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Senior Leaders are Saying

"That convergence -- that range of valor is extraordinary," he said, "and by itself should tell us what it means to be a Ranger, and to be a Ranger battalion."

- Lt. Gen. John F. Mulholland, commander of U.S. Army Special Operations Command, while attending a ceremony on May 10 during which more than 50 U.S. Army Rangers with the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, received commendations ranging from Army Commendation medals to a Silver Star for combat and non-combat action going back to 2005. The battalion also received two Valorous Unit awards for actions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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What They're Saying

"I couldn't be more proud of him ... As the days go on, I keep thinking, 'It's coming, it's coming.' I can't wait. I cry myself to sleep at night. Every day I look at his picture and I go, 'You're finally getting what's due you.'"

- Rose Mary Sabo-Brown, widow of U.S. Army Soldier, Vietnam War veteran, and Medal of Honor recipient Spc. 4 Leslie H. Sabo, Jr.

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