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Old March 13, 2018, 22:55   #1
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MSGT Roy Benavidez Message To America

Worth watching even 25 years after he gave this speech. A true message for our country. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions in Vietnam.

Have been troubled by this for a while but America needs heroes today more than ever. The definition of heroes today are SJW's, taking a knee athletes, pop singers, movie stars, transgender nutjobs, etc...

We really need to promote and present the true heroes of today. There are too many to list but Trump should make this a top priority to start presenting true selfless "Heroes" to the US.

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Old March 14, 2018, 20:08   #2
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Rank and organization: Master Sergeant. Organization: Detachment B-56, 5th Special Forces Group, Republic of Vietnam

Place and date: West of Loc Ninh on May 2, 1968

Entered service at: Houston, Texas June 1955

Born: August 5, 1935, DeWitt County, Cuero, Texas.

Master Sergeant (then Staff Sergeant) Roy P. BENAVIDEZ United States Army, distinguished himself by a series of daring and extremely valorous actions on 2 May 1968 while assigned to Detachment B56, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces, Republic of Vietnam.

On the morning of 2 May 1968, a 12-man Special Forces Reconnaissance Team was inserted by helicopters of the 240th Assault Helicopter Company in a dense jungle area west of Loc Ninh, Vietnam to gather intelligence information about confirmed large-scale enemy activity. This area was controlled and routinely patrolled by the North Vietnamese Army. After a short period of time on the ground, the team met heavy enemy resistance, and requested emergency extraction. Three helicopters attempted extraction, but were unable to land due to intense enemy small arms and anti-aircraft fire.

Sergeant BENAVIDEZ was at the Forward Operating Base in Loc Ninh monitoring the operation by radio when these helicopters, of the 240th Assault Helicopter Company, returned to off-load wounded crew members and to assess aircraft damage. Sergeant BENAVIDEZ voluntarily boarded a returning aircraft to assist in another extraction attempt. Realizing that all the team members were either dead or wounded and unable to move to the pickup zone, he directed the aircraft to a nearby clearing where he jumped from the hovering helicopter, and ran approximately 75 meters under withering small arms fire to the crippled team.

Prior to reaching the team's position he was wounded in his right leg, face, and head. Despite these painful injuries, he took charge, repositioning the team members and directing their fire to facilitate the landing of an extraction aircraft, and the loading of wounded and dead team members. He then threw smoke canisters to direct the aircraft to the team's position. Despite his severe wounds and under intense enemy fire, he carried and dragged half of the wounded team members to the awaiting aircraft. He then provided protective fire by running alongside the aircraft as it moved to pick up the remaining team members. As the enemy's fire intensified, he hurried to recover the body and classified documents on the dead team leader.

When he reached the leader's body, Sergeant BENAVIDEZ was severely wounded by small arms fire in the abdomen and grenade fragments in his back. At nearly the same moment, the aircraft pilot was mortally wounded, and his helicopter crashed. Although in extremely critical condition due to his multiple wounds, Sergeant BENAVIDEZ secured the classified documents and made his way back to the wreckage, where he aided the wounded out of the overturned aircraft, and gathered the stunned survivors into a defensive perimeter. Under increasing enemy automatic weapons and grenade fire, he moved around the perimeter distributing water and ammunition to his weary men, reinstilling in them a will to live and fight. Facing a buildup of enemy opposition with a beleaguered team, Sergeant BENAVIDEZ mustered his strength, began calling in tactical air strikes and directed the fire from supporting gunships to suppress the enemy's fire and so permit another extraction attempt.

He was wounded again in his thigh by small arms fire while administering first aid to a wounded team member just before another extraction helicopter was able to land. His indomitable spirit kept him going as he began to ferry his comrades to the craft. On his second trip with the wounded, he was clubbed from behind by an enemy soldier. In the ensuing hand-to-hand combat, he sustained additional wounds to his head and arms before killing his adversary.[5][note 1] He then continued under devastating fire to carry the wounded to the helicopter. Upon reaching the aircraft, he spotted and killed two enemy soldiers who were rushing the craft from an angle that prevented the aircraft door gunner from firing upon them. With little strength remaining, he made one last trip to the perimeter to ensure that all classified material had been collected or destroyed, and to bring in the remaining wounded.
Only then, in extremely serious condition from numerous wounds and loss of blood, did he allow himself to be pulled into the extraction aircraft. Sergeant BENAVIDEZ' gallant choice to join voluntarily his comrades who were in critical straits, to expose himself constantly to withering enemy fire, and his refusal to be stopped despite numerous severe wounds, saved the lives of at least eight men. His fearless personal leadership, tenacious devotion to duty, and extremely valorous actions in the face of overwhelming odds were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service, and reflect the utmost credit on him and the United States Army.

This guy was the real McCoy.
They named a stretch of the Old Spanish Trail after him in Houston.

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Old March 14, 2018, 21:51   #3
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I have a signed book somewhere that my buddy gave me many years ago.
Very inspirational, thanks for posting this.
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Old March 14, 2018, 23:21   #4
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I believe he is reciting this from memory

MSGT Roy Benavidez, Congressional Medal of Honor recipient reciting Message To America a poem written by an unknown veteran.

Hello. Remember me?
Some people call me ole glory. Others call me the Star Spangled Banner
But whatever they call me, I’m your flag. The flag of the United States of America
Something has been bothering me.. So, I thought I’d talk it over with you because it’s about me and you
Not too long ago, people were lining up on both sides of the street to see a parade go by…. and naturally I was leading that parade. Proudly waving in the breeze.
And when you Daddy saw me coming, he would immediately remove his hat and place it over his left shoulder….So his right hand would be over his heart.
And you, you were standing there…right next to your Dad. You didn’t have a hat, and your little sister not to be outdone was standing right next to you.
Both of you had your right hand over your heart.

What has happened now?

I don’t feel as proud as I used to..
I’m still the same ole flag..
I see children around, playing, shoutin…
They don’t seem to know or care who I am or what I stand for.
I saw an elderly gentleman took his hat off.. But when he saw others with theirs on, he turned around and slowly walked away..
Hey I’m still the same ole, flag.
A few stars have been added since those parades long ago…
A lot of blood has been shed..
Is it a sin to be patriotic anymore?
Have you forgotten who I am?
What I stand for”
And where I’ve been?
Anzio, Guadalcanal, Korea and Vietnam..
Take a good look one of these days at the memorial honor roll.
Of all the names of all those that never came back.
They gave their lives for this Great Nation to be free.
Under God.
When you salute me, you salute each and every one of them.
Well, it won’t be long now and I’ll be coming down that street leading that parade.
And proudly waving in the breeze.
So when you see me coming…stand up straight and salute.
And I’ll salute you … by waving back.
And then I know that you remember me.

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