28 Mar '17, 5pm

Fifty years later, Green Beret receives Distinguished Service Cross for valor in Vietnam

Fifty years later, Green Beret receives Distinguished Service Cross for valor in Vietnam

His chain of command said they'd put him in for the Army's second-highest valor award back in 1967, but retired Master Sgt. Hank Beck didn't give it another thought until a unit reunion more than 40 years later. His buddies asked him about his elusive Distinguished Service Cross, and it was a conversation that spurred a seven-year, grassroots effort to get Beck the recognition he deserved. Beck, now 69, is credited with risking his life to single-handedly take out a sniper team and a machine gun position during a firefight in Vietnam, saving his own six-man reconnaissance team and another team nearby. "I felt honored. I was moved," Beck said of the Feb. 27 ceremony at the Pentagon." I was humbled, and I felt watched over and guided by a lot of people." The retired NCO, who transferred from infantry to Special Forces in 1980, received his award from Army Chief of Staff Gen....

Full article: https://www.armytimes.com/articles/fifty-years-later-gree...

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