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Vietnam-era MoH recipient to be honored in Indiana

May. 28, 2013 - 09:06AM   |  
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INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana man who received the Medal of Honor for valor in Vietnam is expected to attend the dedication of an exhibit in his name at the Indiana War Memorial.

Sammy Davis from the Owen County town of Freedom is being honored at the ceremony Tuesday in downtown Indianapolis that is to include Gov. Mike Pence and former Govs. Joe Kernan and Edgar Whitcomb.

In November 1967, then-Pfc. Davis ignored reported warnings to take cover and instead used a machine gun and artillery to return fire against a Viet Cong attack. Davis was a non-swimmer who used an air mattress to cross a river and rescue three wounded soldiers before refusing medical care and joining another howitzer crew.

He received the Medal of Honor from President Lyndon Johnson the following year.

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