Medal of Honor: Clarence Sasser (A Moment of Valor)

Medal of Honor: Clarence Sasser (A Moment of Valor)


NARRATOR: The Medal Of Honor is the highest award given by our country for acts
of heroism and valor in combat. This is the story of one hero. Private First Class Clarence Sasser was drafted into the Army in 1967, at the age of 19… and soon set for training as a medical aid
man. On the morning of January 10, 1968, Clarence
Sasser would experience his first heavy combat. I was on probably the third, fourth helicopter
when our helicopters got hit and clunked down in the
water. I got grazed getting off the helicopter in
the leg. Fire all around us. NARRATOR: During the first 30 minutes, over 30 casualties were sustained. Without hesitation Sasser ran across an open
rice paddy through a hail of fire to assist the wounded. After helping one man to safety, he was painfully struck by incoming fire. Shell fragments are… something I’ll never forget how they feel… especially they see your bag. They know you’re a medic. You know you kill a medic, a lot of people
probably would die. It was the rationale. NARRATOR: Despite two additional wounds from machine gun fire, that immobilized his
legs, Sasser refused medical attention and continued administering critically needed support for
the wounded. All you could hear was guys moaning… calling for their mama, “Help me.” After I had recovered and the understanding
doctor had got me reassigned, I was called into his office and told me that the Department
of Defense had decided to award me a Medal of Honor. It’s confirmation to me that I did my job. It was my job; I don’t think what I did was
above and beyond. I never have. NARRATOR: Find more, at moments.org

6 thoughts on “Medal of Honor: Clarence Sasser (A Moment of Valor)

  1. Clarence Sasser, you are truly a hero! Let no man deny, your service and selflessness will never be forgotten.

  2. This is the kind of person people should freak out over having the chance to meet, not some overpaid, steroid using thug that can catch and throw a ball.
    I've been binge watching Medalofhonorbook channel but unfortunately comments are disabled on all of their videos.

  3. I was a medic in the same unit as Mr. Sasser from 1982-86, HHC, 3rd Bn. 60th Inf. Rgt. The photo of him in this video and the official citation transcript hung on the wall in our battalion aid station. I read it often and was always in awe of this man's unbelievable story. Our medical platoon was always very proud of his connection to our unit and inspired by him. A true hero. "Go Devils"!

    The 3/60th is now at Ft. Jackson as a BCT Bn. What this battalion went through and did in 'Nam is just insane. They also had three other MoH winners in Vietnam with equally impressive stories. You should check them out: Leonard B. Keller & Raymond R. Wright (A Co.) and Thomas J. Kinsman (B Co.)

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