On Monday, the President awarded the Medal of Honor to three soldiers.

The medals were awarded posthumously to two soldiers. Spc. Donald P. Sloat, who, in the Vietnamese jungle in January of 1970, shielded his comrades from a booby trapped grenade by falling on it. Another medal was awarded to 1st Lt. Alonzo Cushing, who stayed with his artillery battery and directed fire during Pickett's Charge at the Battle of Gettysburg, until he was killed by Confederates who got to within a hundred yards of his position.


The third Medal of Honor went to Sgt. Maj. Bennie Adkins, (seen above) who fought North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops for 38 hours, evaded them for another 48 hours, killed up to 175 of the enemy himself, sustained 18 wounds - and then, spent time hiding in the jungle while a tiger stalked him and his men.

Why did it take so long to give this guy the Medal of Honor?


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