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Army Veteran receives Medal of Honor for heroic actions in
“This seems like a hell of a fuss over
something that happened 50 years ago,” Army Veteran Charles Kettles told the
president before today’s White House event.
That “fuss” he’s referring to is being
awarded of the Medal of Honor.
There was banging at her barracks door in
Korea. Angie Batica had just recently returned from “The E-Club” and she
was not expecting any visitors. An Army sergeant busted through the door.
She fought with him. He ripped her clothes off, hit her, and made his way
on top of her.
“The next thing I knew he was on top of me
raping me really hard,” Batica said.
Manuel Mercedes came to the United States
in a somewhat unusual way. Having served in the Spanish navy, he saw what
Nazi Germany was doing to his country and wanted none of that, so in 1943
he stowed away on a ship bound for New York.
Seventy-three years later, the former
stowaway received the highest award the country of France can bestow on an
individual – the Legion of Honor. He joined nine other area World War II
Veterans who received the medal during a ceremony in Pinellas Park July 14,
France’s Bastille Day.
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This week we honor Charles Kettles.
Charles was 21-years-old when he was drafted to the Army. He earned his
commission as an armor officer in 1953 and graduated from Army Aviation
School shortly after. He went on to serve tours in Korea, Japan and
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