Mike Thornton – Thornton received the Medal of Honor for his service during the Vietnam War. On Oct. 31, 1972, Lieutenant Thornton was part of a five-man Navy SEAL patrol that was gathering intelligence near the Cua Viet River Base. However, they had been dropped in the wrong place – inside North Vietnam.
Talk about being your brothers' keeper. SPC4 Hector Santiago-Colon wanted to be a policeman, but NYPD required military veterans. He enlisted in the Army & went to Vietnam with B Co, 7th Cav, 1st Cav Div. On 28 June 1968, his unit engaged the Vietcong & an enemy soldier lobbed a hand grenade into their foxhole. Santiago tucked it into his stomach away from his comrades to absorb the blast. Santiago, survived by a fiance & 11 siblings, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in 1970.
James Phillip Fleming was a United States Air Force pilot in the Vietnam War, was awarded the Medal of Honor for rescuing a 6-man Green Beret unit, stranded between heavily-defended enemy. The citation reads, "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty". Capt. Fleming (then 1st Lt.) distinguished himself as the Aircraft Commander of a UH-1F transport Helicopter. Duc Co, Vietnam.