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Congressman Tim Ryan and Ohio Lawmakers Urge the Secretary of the Army to Award Medal of Honor to PCS Kenneth David for Heroic Actions Taken 50 Years Ago Tomorrow

May 6, 2020
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13), Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), Congressman Bill Johnson (OH-6), and Congressman David Joyce (OH-14) today urged the Secretary of the Army to recommend and support the awarding of the Medal of Honor to PCS Kenneth David, a resident of Niles, Ohio, for heroic actions taken in Vietnam on May 7, 1970, in securing a landing zone that allowed casualties to be returned. PCS David has been awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation’s second highest valorous medal, but Congressman Ryan believes PCS David is deserving of the country’s highest award.

In addition to the letter sent today, the lawmakers included additional supporting documentation, eyewitness statements, and a narrative description of the events that transpired on 7 May 1970. 

“My colleagues and I ask that this case be given special attention and full reconsideration. Fifty years is too long given what this soldier did that morning to save the lives of his comrades. His bravery and gallantry that May morning are worthy of our nation’s highest award,” the lawmakers wrote.

The letter is available here.