SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Two of three living Army veterans to be awarded the Medal of Honor next month live in the San Antonio area.
A statement from U.S. Army North headquarters at Fort Sam Houston says President Barack Obama will decorate retired Master Sgt. Jose Rodela and former Sgt. Santiago Erevia at a White House ceremony March 18.
Both will be decorated for action taken in 1969 while serving in Vietnam. The Army says Rodela single-handedly knocked out a rocket launching site that was shelling his company, despite shrapnel wounds to his head and back.
The Army says Erevia remained behind his advancing platoon, caring for wounded, when he came under heavy enemy fire. Armed with two rifles and several grenades, he charged the positions and silenced the enemy fire.