National Congressional Medal of Honor Day on Friday, March 25, is a special memorial day when recipients of the Medal of Honor gather each year at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery to commemorate their fallen brethren. Among those warriors who have received our nation’s highest award for valor in combat is retired Army Colonel Roger Donlon, who’s considered a legend.
The first Medal of Honor recipient for the Vietnam War, Donlon is also the first Special Forces commando to receive the award. Now 82 years old and suffering from Parkinson’s disease due to his exposure to Agent Orange, Col. Donlon invited this reporter into his home in Leavenworth, Kansas, for an exclusive, wide-ranging and straight-talking interview on his life’s lessons: the importance of values, character, mentoring, Special Forces, and the Medal of Honor. Some surprises came up during the interview, including an impromptu, close quarters knife lesson.
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