Combat Vets say Vietnam heroism deserves MoH

By Taylor Kearns – email

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – In 41 years, Col. Bill Collier has never talked about his experience in Vietnam.

Maj. Bill Collier in Vietnam in 1972 (Media Credit: WIS)
Maj. Bill Collier in Vietnam in 1972 (Media Credit: WIS)

“I didn’t want to talk about it,” he said. “When you lose as many guys, those are painful memories. That was 41 years ago. What’s the point? I put all this stuff in a box. Sealed it up. Sealed up my mind, too.”

It wasn’t until he started a combat veterans support group at Northeast Presbyterian that he opened up.  Initially, he wanted to help the younger veterans.

“I’m convinced helping these guys means a combat vet talking to a combat vet,” said Collier. “There’s an understanding there that’s hard to explain.”

That understanding allowed Collier to dig out a dusty old recording of a debrief of a mission no one had read about, and one Collier’s fellow veterans couldn’t believe.

“We all just sat there, across the board, and said, ‘This is a medal of honor,'” said Col. Steve Vitali.

It was 1972. American combat troops were goneand peace talks were going on in Paris. Collier, then a Major, was a U.S. Army advisor to the Mo Duc district of Vietnam.

Read More at:  wistv.com – Columbia, South Carolina

About Albert N. Milliron 6992 Articles
Albert Milliron is the founder of Politisite. Milliron has been credentialed by most major news networks for Presidential debates and major Political Parties for political event coverage. Albert maintains relationships with the White House and State Department to provide direct reporting from the Administration’s Press team. Albert is the former Public Relations Chairman of the Columbia County Republican Party in Georgia. He is a former Delegate. Milliron is a veteran of the US Army Medical Department and worked for Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Psychiatry.

Be the first to comment