Army Sgt. First Class Lawrence Joel
Joel spent three months recovering from his wounds in a hospital in Saigon, Vietnam. He was awarded the Silver Star, and later, the Medal of Honor, by President Lyndon B. Johnson. He was the first living African-American to receive the Medal of Honor since the Spanish-American War ended in 1898.
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wiki: Lawrence Joel (February 22, 1928 – February 4, 1984) was a United States Army sergeant first class who served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. While serving in Vietnam as a medic with the rank of Specialist Five assigned to 1st Battalion of the 503rd Infantry Regiment in the 173rd Airborne Brigade, Joel received the Silver Star and the Medal of Honor for his heroism in a battle with the Viet Cong that occurred on November 8, 1965. He was the first medic to earn the Medal of Honor during the Vietnam conflict and the first living black American to receive this medal since the Spanish–American War in 1898.
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