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He died saving his fellow American soldiers now is Stanley will accept the medal of honor on his behalf at the White House 42 years later.
RD army specialist Leslie -- junior died from an act of incredible heroism during the Vietnam War.
He left behind a high school sweetheart he'd been married to only a month.
Before heading off to battle and if not for a twist of fate his story and the honor he deserves may have been lost forever.
Trace Gallagher has the story Trace.
-- -- his widow was first told that Leslie sable junior was actually killed by sniper fire while he was guarding an ammunition dump listen now to the -- I was a senior in high -- and he was.
I gear had a means we planned her wedding for September 13 1969.
And January of sixteen and it got trapped.
We have thirty days together and then now he's left in November.
And I never saw him again.
While the sniper story happened because they lost his filed the real story much more compelling a story of exceptional heroism.
That on May tenth in Cambodia sable and his platoon.
Were ambushed by a large enemy force the 22 year old -- charge the enemy position killing several enemy soldiers.
He then attacked an enemy flanking force drawing fire away from his comrades.
As the enemy retreated a grenade landed near sable he picked it up and threw it shielding his comrades but it blew up wounding him.
Yet he continued to charge he crawled across the ground toward an -- bunker.
Crawling toward the enemy and dropping a grenade inside that bunker it silence the enemy guns.
It also killed.
Leslie -- junior here's his company commander listen.
I would say the last now.
-- thank you for the lives he -- We miss you.
-- -- -- -- -- And -- when his widow heard the real story she was astounded us.
-- I couldn't believe -- I never stopped loving in my.
Sometimes it feels like gestured airlines don't mean you never forget -- never forget the feeling.
You know his company actually nominated him for the medal of honor but his file got lost -- main body just wasn't process they finally found the file went through it and said this.
Is the story of a true hero posthumously honor today.
At the White House about 45 minutes from now studio B we'll have -- live in its entirety while.
That is the kind of courage.
That makes you proud to be an American and proud of our men and women in uniform Trace thank you.
We'll get right back.
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