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In the News: After Years of Delay, Col. Paris Davis to Receive the Congressional Medal of Honor

Updated: Feb 14, 2023

On June 18, 1965, Black Special Forces officer Capt. Paris Davis rescued the last of his wounded men from the battlefield in Vietnam, ignoring an order to leave them behind during the 19-hour battle. He sustained injuries in the process. The backs of his legs were peppered with bullets and he lost part of a finger to a blast by a grenade. He was 26 then. Now he is 57 and soon to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor.

The Army lost the paperwork for the medal twice. There was delay after delay but President Biden called him Monday, February 13th to inform him of the award.

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