February 7, 2000
(202) 628-2700 Ext. 158
VIETNAM VETERAN ALFRED RASCON TO RECEIVE MEDAL OF
Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) National President George C. Duggins
applauds the presentation of the Medal of Honor to Alfred Rascon by President
Clinton on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m., February 8, 2000 at the White House. "VVA
has been working to correct an oversight of bona fide heroism for
years," observed President Duggins.
On March 16, 1966 at War Zone D north of Bien Hoa, Rascon’s column came
under attack from North Vietnamese Army soldiers. As the platoon’s combat
medic, "Doc" Rascon placed himself in harms way on more than four
occasions during the firefight. In three documented instances, he covered the
bodies of wounded platoon members while administering first aid, absorbing
rifle and grenade blasts so severe that he was later discharged from the Army.
VVA's Government Relations Committee, chaired by Bill Duker, worked for
years to replace the lost paperwork and witness statements required for
consideration of the award. Duker felt compelled to stay involved until the
circumstances had been totally reviewed. "If he had been considered and
turned down, that’s one thing. But he never got that far," said Duker.
The cover story of the January 1995 VVA Veteran described both Rascon's
heroism and his difficulties in receiving the Medal of Honor
"The membership of VVA has been waiting for years for Al Rascon to
receive the recognition he justly deserves. We thank the President of the
United States, the Department of Defense and Rep. Lane Evans for their
actions," President Duggins said.
VVA’s point of contact for additional information is Scott D. Campbell at
(202) 628-2700 ext. 158.
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Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) is the nation's
only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated
solely to the needs of Vietnam-era veterans and their families. VVA's
founding principle is "Never again will one generation of veterans