ATLANTA, GA (News release) - More than 40 years after he served his country as a combat medic with the U.S. Army's 23rd, or "Americal," Infantry Division in Vietnam, Tenaha resident Earl Brannon received the Silver Star for his heroism in that conflict.
Surrounded by his wife, family members, and men who served with him in Vietnam, including Jim Pene who helped save Brannon, the wheel chair-bound Brannon was awarded the United States' third highest award for valor during a solemn ceremony at the Americal Division Veterans Association Reunion in Atlanta, Ga. on Sept. 15.
Brannon was issued the award for saving the lives of fellow soldiers by venturing into the minefield where they were injured in 1970. In the process, he was severely wounded himself.
"Brannon was never aware that he had been nominated for the award, and through government oversight during many years of hospitalization for his severe wounds, the award never reached him," a press release stated.