Medals of sacrifice

As a 100 percent disabled Marine Vietnam veteran I learned at the very young age of 19 what medals and recognition for sacrificing for my country were all about.

I never got the Bronze Star a lieutenant put me up for after I carried a wounded comrade back to a loading zone when I had been wounded five times in four days in September of 1967.

It really ticks me off to see the medals for our two fallen heroes killed in the Benghazi attack on our embassy fall through the cracks. Shortly after our former Navy Seals were killed in Benghazi, I wrote to Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., and asked that he write a bill to recognize Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty with a civilian medal comparable to the military Medal of Honor, which is the Congressional Gold Medal. I was told that Rep. Duncan Hunter of California, who represents the slain men’s district, had to do it but Joe would sponsor it.

Hunter sent in bill HR.1186, which was sent to some committee. I’ve asked what happened with the medal only to be ignored. Failure to approve this bill would be a disgrace at the highest level.

Gregory J. Topliff

Glenwood Drive

Warrenville