Gary Michael Rose to receive Medal of Honor

| September 21, 2017 | 14 Comments

Last year we speculated on whether Gary Michael Rose would trade in his Distinguished Service Cross that he earned in 1970 for a Medal of Honor. Stars & Stripes says that he will on October 23rd at the White House.

Soldiers who served with him, lawmakers and Pentagon officials have lobbied for several years for Rose’s award to be upgraded, which required a special waiver passed by Congress and presidential approval.

In an Army statement, Rose said the Medal of Honor belongs to the secretive unit he served with during the Vietnam War, the Army’s Military Assistance Command Studies and Observations Group.

The citation for the DSC reads thusly;

T]o Sergeant Gary M. Rose, United States Army, for extraordinary heroism in action in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam while serving as a medical aidman with a company-size exploitation force, Command and Control (Central), Task Force 1, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces. On 12 September 1970, his company was engaged by a well armed hostile force. Enemy B-40 rockets and mortar rounds rained while the foe sprayed the area with small arms, automatic weapons, and machine gun fire, wounding many and forcing everyone to seek cover. One ally, was unable to reach protective shelter due to his weakened condition. Sergeant Rose, braving the bullet-infested fire zone, sprinted fifty meters to his downed comrade’s side. The sergeant then used his own body to protect the casualty from further injury while treating his wounds. After stopping the blood flow from the wound, Sergeant Rose carried the man back through the bullet-ridden zone to protective cover. As the belligerents accelerated their attack, Sergeant Rose continued to disregard his own safety as he ran from casualty to casualty, administering emergency first aid. Suddenly, a B-40 rocket impacted just meters from Sergeant Rose, knocking him from his feet and inflicting wounds throughout his body. Ignoring his own pain, Sergeant Rose struggled to his feet and continued to administer medical treatment to the other injured soldiers. As night approached, the order was given to dig defensive slit trenches. Sergeant Rose, his own wounds yet untreated, worked tirelessly to excavate many trenches for the severely injured who were unable to dig their own, stopping only when all the casualties had been placed in safe positions. All through the night and into the next day, the foe pounded the allied force with a continuous barrage of B-40 rockets and mortars. Despite the deadly volleys falling around him, Sergeant Rose displayed a calm professionalism as he administered medical treatment to countless men; two were so severely wounded that they would have died without the sergeant’s vigilant care. Finally, on 14 September, the company was successfully extracted from the embattled area by helicopter support ships. Sergeant Rose, though tired and wounded, refused evacuation until all other casualties were safely out of the area.

Category: Real Soldiers

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  1. Parachutecutie says:

    I’m so thankful for men like Gary Rose and their selfless acts of bravery

  2. MCPO NYC USN Ret. says:


  3. Graybeard says:

    How a real man ought to behave – care and concern for others.

  4. Ozzie says:

    That’s a good news. Thanks for sharing it. It’s always good to read about America’s heroes.

  5. Yef says:

    I oppose valor award upgrades by principle.
    It cheapens the entire award scale.

    If you upgrade a bunch of Bronze Stars with V to Silver Stars, now both the Silver Stars and the Bronze Stars have a lower value, and the same for all the other valor awards.

  6. Sparks says:

    Well done Sergeant Rose. Damned well done Sir.

  7. This is an excellent example to refer to when countering the arguments by posers that there’s no documentation because their awards resulted from classified missions.

  8. SFC D says:

    His license plate should read 1BAMF

  9. FatCircles0311 says:



  10. jeffery d monroe says:

    awesome ass BZ CM! See this just refuted all these posers about their DD-214sand records being classified. The DD-214 is not nor ever been classified.

  11. pigpen51 says:

    Brave man indeed. I for one never for one minute have thought that Vietnam was a mistake. The leadership at the top is the mistake. I have friends and relatives who have died either as a direct or indirect result of wounds and sickness suffered there. I am grateful for all those who served, and Sgt. Rose deserves all the accolades he is receiving.

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