Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Charlie Liteky, Chaplain Who Returned Medal of Honor [Derived Headline]

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Charlie Liteky, Chaplain Who Returned Medal of Honor [Derived Headline]

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Charlie Liteky, chaplain who returned Medal of Honor

Charlie Liteky, an Army chaplain in Vietnam whose efforts to save the lives of others led him to receive -and then return -the Medal of Honor, died Friday at a Veterans Affairs hospital in San Francisco. He was 85.

The Medal of Honor is the nation's highest award for valor in combat. According to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, 3,498 individuals have received the award; Mr. Liteky, according to operations director Victoria Kueck, is likely the only person to return the award.

Mr. Liteky served two tours of duty in Vietnam, during which he dodged enemy gunfire to pull more than 20 wounded soldiers safely out of battle. By the time he returned to the United States, he was a national hero with the aura of what one reporter described as a ruggedly handsome "movie war hero. …

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