'I've Been Over-Recognized for What I Did': Newest Medal of Honor Recipient Speaks Out
A Vietnam veteran received the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest honor for courage, Tuesday for saving the lives of over 60 soldiers as he ran into fire to provide medical aid.
Capt. Gary Michael Rose (Ret.) was responsible for the health and welfare of 135 men on a secret mission he did not speak about for more than four decades. All on the mission came out alive thanks to Rose, including one shot in the neck whom he rescued.
"I was so focused on going to the wounded and rendering aid," he remembered on "Fox & Friends," but he admitted he had no memory of about half the eyewitness reports.
"When somebody went down, somebody got hurt, that was my responsibility to go to their aid to make sure that I could render what I could to get them back," Rose said, explaining that the men were expected to join the fray again as soon as they were treated.
The retired Green Beret captain hoisted men on his back while firing shots at the enemy, even after he himself had been hit with rocket fragments.
"To me the real heroes, you can go to the wall and read their names," the hero said. He said he found receiving his honor "somewhat bewildering."
"I think I've been over-recognized for what I did," he said. "I honestly feel if I had not done what I did, I would have failed not only myself but my fellows in the Army."