Friday, May 8, 2020

Push for MOH: Private Kenneth David actions saved lives May 7th, 1970

Efforts being made to award Medal of Honor to Girard veteran

WFMJ 21 News
by Derek Steyer
May 7th 2020
While seven men died, 13 made it home, much in part to David's heroic efforts.

On the 50th anniversary of heroically saving numerous men in Vietnam, there are renewed efforts to award the Medal of Honor to a Girard veteran.

It was in the early morning hours of May 7th, 1970 when Private Kenneth David's company came under an intense attack on a mountaintop in Vietnam. David remembers like it was yesterday.

"I could see the explosions going off, I could see my buddies getting killed, it was one big nightmare," David said.

David didn't know it at the time, but he was one of only two men left alive to defend his portion of the perimeter.

"Explosions would go off and you see a face in front of you and you just shoot it," David said. "I had RPG shrapnel in my back, both my eardrums blown out."

Still, he unleashed a barrage of fire and for several hours single handily resisted enemy efforts and secured a landing zone so casualties could be extracted.
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