31 Jul '14, 7pm

Medal of Honor recipient, POW Sgt. Maj. Jon Robert Cavaiani dies: #MOH

Medal of Honor recipient, POW Sgt. Maj. Jon Robert Cavaiani dies: #MOH

Medal of Honor recipient and prisoner-of-war Army Sgt. Maj. Jon Robert Cavaiani has died at age 70 after a battle with cancer, according to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. Cavaiani was awarded the nation’s highest military honor for his bravery in defending the “Hickory Hill” radio relay site in Vietnam starting on June 4, 1971. He “unhesitatingly” volunteered to remain on the ground as his platoon was being evacuated, directing helicopters as they picked up his comrades, according to his award citation. The next morning, the enemy attacked in force in an attempt to wipe out the U.S. troops who had not been evacuated. They came in two waves, saturating the relay site with machine gun and rocket-propelled grenade fire and continuously lobbing grenades at the Americans. Cavaiani covered the rest of his platoon as they pulled out. “With one last courageous exertion,...

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