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   Harold A. Fritz, Lieutenant Colonel,
         11th Armored Cavalry
       Medal of Honor Recipient:
              Vietnam War
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                                              1969


   Super Bowl III: Jets defeat Colts
   Richard Nixon succeeds Johnson
      37th President
   The movie: Midnight Cowboy , John Travolta
   Moon landing: Apollo II
      Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins




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                          January 11, 1969:
              Quan Loi, Vietnam: 10:30 a.m.
   Prior awards: Silver Star; 2 Purple Hearts
   Highway #13: Vietcong; pop ups
   7 heavily armored vehicles: gravy train
       Resupplying American forces
   Ambushed: blown out of vehicle
       Cross-fire; rocket propelled grenades; 2 machine
       gunners
       Top of burning vehicle/directions
       28 platoon, 5 could fight; black soldier
       M-60 machine gun: pistol, bayonet; NBA; clicks
   Injuries: left side of chest; knocked down
   The end: radio defective?
       Tank platoon arrives; helicoptered out
       Post Med-Vac; Red Cross jeep
   Cigarette lighter: Mary; croke
   The George Rodriguez story: Ice cold Coca Cola :
   reunited in Texas
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                       George Smith Patton


   Son of World War II Commander
      George S. Patton, Jr.
      North America, Sicily and France
      Traffic accident/Germany/1945
      History/French
      The movie: George C. Scott
   Veteran of combat in Korea and Vietnam
      West Point grad
      Three Vietnam tours
      Distinguished Service Cross
      Master s in International Affairs
      Farm: fields named after soldiers
      Parkinson s disease



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                      The Decision to Fight


   Helmets
   Will we act as a hero or coward?
   Will we do right or wrong?
      The difference is a split second
        I couldn t do it
   The decision bypasses rational decision-making
      In your core/what you believe
      What your parents taught you




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                  Medal of Honor History


   From the Civil War to date
       1st formal system; George Washington/August 7,
       1782
             Any singularly meritorious action
       Congress: medal permanent decoration: 1863
       40+ million soldiers since Civil War
       3,466 medal recipients: 574 death
            85 living
            WWII: 468
            Korea: 133
            Vietnam: 246
   Awarded: above and beyond the call of duty
   157 living as of 2009
   Last award: 1st Class Leroy Arthur Petry



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            The MOH Award Ceremony


   The crank phone call: 1971
       Third Armored Cavalry Regiment at Fort Lewis,
       Washington
   President Nixon
       Commemorative tie clasps
       Father, mother, brother, wife, elder son and
       daughter, infant son at home
            My little brother who s not here didn t get
           one.
           The President removed his own tie clasp and
           handed it to the boy saying Well, then give
           him this




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                                The Bridge:
                  Tippecanoe County, Indiana


   May 6, 2011
   Dedication attended by 7 Medal of Honor recipients
   Cat plant tour
   Huey helicopter/Indian Patriot Guard Riders
       Medal of Honor bridge dedication ceremony




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                                       Background


   Chicago
       Married/Lake Geneva
       Father/mother/siblings
           Indian motorcycle
   Veterinary medicine: part time
   Entered service: Milwaukee
       60 days: enlisted; drafted: age 24
       Mary pregnant
   Family
       Daughter
       Son, Lieutenant Colonel, Canada
       Son, lawyer
       8 grandchildren
   Retired: 27 years: Peoria

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                               The Fake: Judge
                              Michael F. O Brien


   1995
   15-year lie
       2 MOH medals: Navy service; Coast of Lebanon:
       1958
   Sought special license plate/Medal of Honor recipient
       16th Judicial Circuit stationary
       Prepared to seek Grand Jury indictment
   Why?
        Erratic act drinking
       Should not pass judgment on anyone else




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                               500 Fakes So Far

   The real recipient: Mitchell Paige, age 80
       Marine Corp platoon sergeant
           Guadalcanal; retired as a colonel
       Outnumbered 30 to 1: 920 Japs
        Special liaison to the FBI
           One year in jail/$100,000 fine
   A fake: Fred Renz: $2,500/drugs/probation
       Air Force Distinguished Service
       Menlo Park real estate executive
       Fighter pilot, Korean War; 152 Marines
       Age 16: enlisted to Major
   Jackie Albert Stern, retired bread truck driver
   HLT Lordship Industries, Inc.
       NY; official contractor
       300/$75 each
       $80,000
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                                  A Fake: Why?


        rationalize everything, including behavior which is
   totally unacceptable, all for the purpose of winning.
       Getting into the right college
       Cigarette industry
       Gaming industry
       McDonald s
       Growth hormones
        Winning is everything




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                                          Questions


    Dying is part of living
   Transition from one place
      People want to kill you
      People want to love you
   Agnostics in foxholes?
      Religion
   A man blown to death in front of you
      Post-war survival syndrome
   What have you taken away from this
   What was your emotional temperature
      Near death experience/surreal
      Watch dying
   Nightmares
   Best day
   Regrets


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                                                Quotes


    If those that urge the war fought on the first wave,
   never a second war.
    Mothers should negotiate between nations.
   Toshikuni Taki
    All wars are boyish, and are fought by boys.
   Herman Melville
    The only thing new in the world is the history you
   don t know. Harry Truman




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