Medal of Honor: Sammy Davis (A Moment of Valor)

Medal of Honor: Sammy Davis (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. In 1965, after finishing
high school, Sammy Davis enlisted
in the Army. On November 18, 1967, Davis’s
unit was airlifted to a tiny island in the Mekong Delta,
near Cai Lay, Vietnam. So we landed at eight o’clock
in the morning. As soon as we spread the trails
on the 105 howitzer we started firing, and we fired
the weapon all day. The mortars were just
raining down. I could see the enemy
all around us. They fired at my muzzle blast. When it hit the shield, it blew
me off the piece from mid thigh up to and including my fourth
lumbar vertebrae, I had about 30 beehive holes that just
passed through me. I had a flak jacket on, which is the only thing
that saved my back. And I didn’t think that I was
probably going to see daylight, but I wasn’t gonna quit. If I don’t do my job, those guys
behind me ain’t got a chance. So well, I see if I can get off
one round from the howitzer. And then it went off and went
boom! It was this eerie, eerie quiet. And I seen Wendell Holloway
standing up waving his booney hat saying,
“Don’t shoot, I’m a GI.” So I crawled down to the river,
swam across the river… there was a foxhole there. And instead of just one man
being in it, there were three men in it. So I asked the man above to give
me the strength to carry all three of my brothers
at one time. Jim Dyster was one of the last
people that we loaded. And Jim Dyster is alive
and well today, living in Salinas, Kansas. I got to hold Jim Dyster’s
grandbabies. I didn’t do anything heroic,
I did my job. That’s what soldiers do. And if there was one of these
given that night, there should be at least 42 of them. I didn’t go to war to kill
people. I went to war because I loved my
country. And when I got over there, the
reason why we fought so hard was because we discovered we loved
each other.

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