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Vietnam Vet And Medal Of Honor Recipient To Receive Sachem Award

U.S. Army Retired Sgt. 1st Class Sammy Davis clutches the Medal of Honor, he was awarded, for actions in Vietnam, during a ceremony, marking the partnership between the Army National Guard, U.S. Army Reserve and Helmets to Hardhats, at the Pentagon, Va., July 2, 2009. Helmets to Hardhats is a nonprofit program that connects service members with careers in building and construction trades. ?There is nothing broken in this nation, that we people cannot repair,? Davis said. ?You don?t lose, until you quit trying.? (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jim Greenhill/Released)

Gov. Eric Holcomb is awarding Indiana’s highest honor to a Vietnam veteran and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient.

Sammy L. Davis of Freedom will receive the 2018 Sachem Award during a ceremony in March.

Davis was near the South Vietnamese city of Cai Lay in 1967 when his unit came under fire. He was wounded, but took over a burning artillery piece and fired off several rounds at the Viet Cong. He then used an air mattress to cross a river and rescue wounded before joining another unit with a howitzer to continue fighting.

Davis broke his back, but continued serving in the Army until 1984.

The 71-year-old joins a distinguished group of Sachem winners, including Holocaust survivor Eva Mozes Kor and late Notre Dame President Theodore Hesburgh.

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