Academic journal article Military Review

Spc. 4 Donald P. Sloat: MEDAL OF HONOR VIETNAM WAR

Academic journal article Military Review

Spc. 4 Donald P. Sloat: MEDAL OF HONOR VIETNAM WAR

Article excerpt

Adkins, a native of Opelika, Ala., deployed to Vietnam for three nonconsecutive tours as a member of the U.S. Army Special Forces.

Sloat received the award for sacrificing his life to save those of his fellow squad members while on patrol in Que Son Valley, Republic of Vietnam, 17 January 1970.

When the lead soldier in the patrol hit a trip wire attached to a hand-grenade booby trap, the grenade rolled downhill to Sloat. Knowing that detonation was imminent and he could not throw the grenade in any direction without harming his fellow soldiers, he chose to pull the grenade into his body, absorbing the blast to shield the others, and ultimately, saving their lives.

Sloat was a native of Coweta, Okla. He was twenty years old when he died.

President Obama said during the ceremony, Over the decades, our Vietnam veterans didn't always receive the thanks and reject they deserved. …

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