Vietnam veteran John Loudermilk was honored with a Bronze Star nearly 50 years later after his service in Vietnam at age 68. He didn’t know that he was being honored when he walked into party hosted by the Marine Corps League.
Loudermilk enlisted as a teenager in Vietnam, according to WKLY.
“I guess it was being patriotic back in those days. My grandfather was in World War I, so it was just following in his footsteps… You do think about the guys you lost and you want to save them all but it’s not possible to do that,” Loudermilk said.
John Mullan credits corpsman Loudermilk for saving his life, he says his Marine squad had been nearly wiped out by Viet Cong enemy fire and booby traps in December 1967.
“I owe him my life. Doc saved my life when everyone said I was dead,” said Mullan.
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