GI killed in Vietnam War to get Medal of Honor

May 16, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Wednesday is awarding the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military award, to a Pennsylvania Army specialist killed in 1970 while serving in Cambodia during the Vietnam War.

The White House says Spec. Leslie H. Sabo Jr. will receive the medal posthumously for heroic action when his platoon was ambushed by North Vietnamese troops. A White House description of the action says Sabo saved the lives of several of his fellow soldiers, tossing away an enemy grenade at one point and shielding a comrade. Even though he was wounded by the grenade blast and enemy automatic weapons fire, Sabo charged an enemy bunker, blowing it up with his own grenade.

The explosion also killed him.

Sabo's widow and his brother are expected to attend Wednesday's ceremony.