Thomas W. Bennett is an American hero. He puts the life of his comrades in front of his own, and had a complete disregard for his own safety. On February 9th Bennett’s platoon was ambushed by the North Vietnamese. His platoon fell under heavy fire and were even under mortar and rocket fire. Three men went down wounded on the battlefield, and were sure to die with their position. However, Corporal Bennett had the bravery to run through the heavy fire to the wounded soldiers. He was a medical aidman, so managed to give all three of the soldiers lifesaving help. But his heroism didn’t end there, he continued to pick up each of the soldiers and carried them to safety so they could be evacuated and taken to safety. He took numerous trips back into heavy fire to carry the three men out. He continued to go back in to treat numerous more soldiers and recovering the bodies of many of his fallen comrades. The platoon was completely outnumbered, so five more men were wounded. Bennett ran to continue helping the men, he made it to the first. As he was going to the second man he was stopped and told that there was nothing he could do and the position of the fallen soldier was impossible to reach. He disregarded this remark and continued to save another life, as he was running he was wounded. Thomas W. Bennett died February 11th. He died an American hero and was awarded with the Medal of Honor on April 7th.
William E. Adams was another American hero who risked his life to aid his fellow soldiers. He was a helicopter pilot who volunteered to fly a helicopter to evacuate three badly wounded soldiers. He was fully aware that the enemy force had a clear view of all routes as well as possessing numerous antiaircraft weapons. Adams was taking heavy fire but was not phased, he was determined to save the fallen men. He helped direct attacks of gunships while under heavy fire. He made it to the soldiers and waited for all of the men to get on. Shortly after he took off, Adams’ helicopter was hit by an antiaircraft weapon. Adams remained in relative control as he guided the aircraft down for a controlled crash. However, he was not able to control the helicopter. His helicopter exploded on May 25th, and everybody aboard was killed. Adams is an amazing human who has the courage to help others regardless of his own life, similar to Thomas W. Bennett.http://www.history.army.mil/moh/vietnam-a-l.html#BENNETTTW
|Major William E. Adams|