Respect for our veterans is important – both when they’re still alive, and after they’re gone. Our President showcased this mindset this week when he awarded a posthumous Medal of Honor to late WWII Army 1st Lt. Garlin M. Conner.
• Connor, who served on the front lines, volunteered to attend the front line to monitor German troops. He selflessly directed friendly fire to his position, which killed nearly 100 enemy soldiers and almost took his life in the process.
• The 1st Lieutenant’s decision to direct friendly fire to his position was dangerous, but it was also remarkably effective at holding off the German onslaught. It significantly changed the outcome of the battle, both that day and in the days afterward.
• Trump shared his great respect for the late soldier, presenting the medal to the late soldier’s wife in his absence. “He courageously [chose] to face death in order to save his battalion and achieve victory for freedom,” he explained.
• Connor’s wife, Pauline, reported that she had struggled with her husband to get the government to recognize his reward in the past. “It’s something he should’ve done in his lifetime,” she said, stating that she is “proud to accept it” even now, 20 years after his death.