In episode 1033 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast the story about a brave Vietnam Veteran who served four challenging days in Laos will be featured. On October 27, 2017 former Army medic Gary “Mike” Rose will go to the White House and accept the nation’s highest military’s award. He plans to dedicate his Congressional Medal of Honor to the memory of all the Americans who served in Laos during the Vietnam War.
A story about Rose titled: The Next MOH Recipient Plans To Accept Medal On Behalf Of Everyone Who Served In Laos During Vietnam appeared on The Task and Purpose website. It was submitted by Sarah Sicard, a writer for the website. She describes how in May of 1970, Rose who was the only medic with a 136 man force that was dropped off in Chavane, Laos to conduct Operation Tailwind. The operation lasted four days and had the mission of providing a diversionary action for another CIA operation being carried out further north in Laos.
Chavane is located about 100 miles due west of Tam Ky and a little south west of Da Nang. The force consist of Vietnamese Montagnard fighters, members of the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG), and Army Special Forces.
The raiders were in contact with opposition forces the entire time they were in Laos. Rose’s actions during the operation were very commendable. He worked continuously, day and night to treat the wounded which numbered more than half the force. For his actions he is belated being awarded the CMOH.
Since the war in Laos was not supposed to be happening according to the official government line, it 28 years before Rose’s bravery was acknowledged.
Listen to episode 1033 of the Vietnam Veteran New and discover the wonderful thing Rose intends to do with his award.