As much as the pain in his crippled body, the constant barrage of criticism at America’s involvement in Vietnam swelled the anger within his soul. On a daily basis he watched as the nightly news showed film of the American flag being burned, while he thought of those brave men he knew that were heading out for yet another mission on behalf of that flag. Each and every one willing to sacrifice it all and without complaint to serve their country.
He was one of them, or if the doctor’s diagnoses proved correct, once was.
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Wow, what an awesome story. I am Navy Viet Nam vet. I am in awe of this man. He set the standard for an MOH. Plus he was my race. I salute this man.
Thank you. Men like this are few and far between, and they always change the world. May we all remember that Americans don't quit.
I graduated High School in San Antonio in the 80s. One of my JROTC instructors, a one MSG Enrique Jimenez, also a Green Beret and a good friend of MSG Benavidez, often told those of us that would listen their stories and stories about MSG Benavidez. I was in awe then as I still am now. We need more Americans like them now, in these dire times. :fact RIP MSG Benavidez
I had the honor and privilege of meeting MSG Benavidez when I was a young soldier in Panama. Must have been the Fourth of July, 1988. Amazing man!
I got chills reading that.