December 5, THIS DAY IN AMERICAN HISTORY

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December 5, 1964 – Vietnam War: For his heroism in battle earlier in the year, Captain Roger Donlon is awarded the first Medal of Honor of the war. Roger Hugh Charles Donlon (born January 30, 1934) is a retired United States Army officer who was the first man to receive the Medal of Honor in Vietnam, as well as the first member of the Special Forces so honored. Donlon was born in Saugerties, New York, the eighth child of ten. He attended the New York State College of Forestry at Syracuse University for a year. He joined the United States Air Force in 1953 and was admitted to West Point in 1955, but resigned for personal reasons. He re-enlisted in the Army in 1959, went to Officer Candidate School, and served as a General’s aide. In August, 1963 he joined the Special Forces. In May, 1964 Donlon’s team was sent to Vietnam where they…

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