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Sep 15, 2014 8:57 PM

Medals Of Honor Recognize Harrowing Battle And A Dying Act

It was January 1970 and Army Specialist Four Donald P. Sloat was on patrol with his squad in Vietnam.

"The lead soldier tripped a wire. A boobie trap. A grenade rolled toward the feet of a 20-year-old machine gunner." That 20-year-old was Sloat. And as President Obama tells it, he had a choice. The pin on the grenade had been pulled. It could explode at any moment.

The Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military award, was presented Monday to Sloat, posthumously, and Bennie Adkins, who also served in Vietnam.


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