Less than 3400 Medals of Honor have ever been awarded. Lt. Col. Bruce Crandall (ret.) received one yesterday for his decision to keep piloting helicopters to Landing Zone X-Ray in the Battle of Ia Drang. This was one of the handful of bloodiest Vietnam battles. Crandall decided, against orders, to make 14 landings to resupply the vastly outnumbered 1400 men and evacuated 70 of the wounded.
I write about Crandall and other brave helicopter pilots in my New York Sun column.