The Vietnam War hero Canada forgot

One steamy April Fool’s Day during the Vietnam War, a kid from Toronto named Pete Lemon found himself bloodied and besieged at a U.S army outpost. Hell on Earth, they later called it.

Pete was all of 19. His machine-gun growled and glowed in the jungle night until it jammed on dust. He fought hand to hand. He was wounded three times. He saved his mates. He was Gary Cooper as Sergeant York.

His heroics that night won him the Medal of Honor, America’s highest military award, the first Canadian-born winner since the Second World War, plus a chestful of other baubles. Two Bronze Stars, two Air Medals, Purple Heart, Gallantry Cross …

NB: about 30,000 Canadians volunteered to fight in southeast Asia

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