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Trump Awards Medal of Honor

Emily Liesch, Lead Copy Editor

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Amid controversy surrounding Gold Star families, President Trump awarded the second Medal of Honor of his presidency to Gary Michael Rose.

The medal was awarded during a ceremony that took place at the White House on Monday, October 23. Rose is a retired Army captain who served as a Green Beret medic during the Vietnam War. His medal came 47 years after he served on a secret mission in Laos in 1970. According to CBS, Laos was a neutral country during the war, however, Northern Vietnam began using it as a base, so the US also entered secretly.

The timing of this award comes right as Trump is being criticized for the way he has treated Gold Star families.

Questions arose after Trump was reported telling the widow of a fallen soldier that her husband “knew what he signed up for, but it hurts anyways.”

Florida congresswoman Frederica Wilson claimed that she overheard Trump’s comments, and the mother of the fallen soldier also confirmed the comments to be true.

Trump awarded his first Medal of Honor to another Vietnam War veteran on July 31, 2017. James McCloughan served as a private first class combat medic and was credited with saving ten members of his company.

Trump is expected to follow in the footsteps of his predecessors by awarding more veterans with the Medal of Honor during his presidency.  

President Donald Trump bestows the nation’s highest military honor, the Medal of Honor, to retired Army Capt. Gary M. Rose, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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