Special Forces Veteran to Receive Medal of Honor for Vietnam War Service

A Vietnam veteran who served with the then-Fort Bragg-based 5th Special Forces Group will receive the nation’s highest military award for valor, the White House announced on Sept. 20.

Retired Army Capt. Gary “Mike” Rose, 69, will receive the Medal of Honor from President Donald J. Trump during a White House ceremony on Oct. 23.

Rose, who lives in Huntsville, Alabama, with his wife, Margaret, will receive the medal for voluntarily risking his life numerous times while serving as a medic with Military Assistance Command, Vietnam — Studies and Observations Group, 5th Special Forces Group in Vietnam between Sept. 11 and Sept. 14, 1970.

While his unit was fighting a much larger enemy force, Rose “repeatedly ran into the line of enemy fire to provide critical aid to his comrades, using his own body on one occasion to shield a wounded American from harm,” according to the White House.

On the last day of the mission, while wounded himself, Rose again repeatedly exposed himself to enemy fire to help move wounded personnel to a helicopter extraction point and repel an enemy assault.

“As he boarded the final extraction helicopter, intense enemy fire hit the helicopter, causing it to crash shortly after takeoff,” according to the White House. “Again, ignoring his own injuries, Sergeant Rose pulled the helicopter crew and members of his unit from the burning wreckage and provided medical aid until another extraction helicopter arrived.”

Over the four-day battle, Rose is credited with treating between 60 and 70 wounded troops, saving numerous lives.

The 5th Special Forces Group was deployed to Vietnam from 1965 to 1971. Despite its small size, its soldiers are among the most highly decorated troops of the war, with 17 Medals of Honor having been awarded to date to soldiers in the group for actions in Vietnam.

To read more about Captain Rose, click here to read the September 21, 2017 article from Task & Purpose.