History Lesson

(Thanks for the pointer, Hugo.)

Lawrence Joel is one of those real, certified hero types–and he has the Congressional Medal of Honor to prove it.  How he earned it is, as it usually is with winners of the CMH, an awesome and amazing tale.

What makes his story special to me is that he is from Winston Salem, North Carolina, a town not far from where I write this post.  There is a coliseum named in his honor there, though I doubt one in a hundred have any clue who he was or why it is so named.

Lawrence Joel earned his medal on November 8, 1965 in the green hell of South Vietnam.  There’s a song about it…

And a documentary as well…

It’s going to take you a while to watch both.  Settle in.

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