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Vietnam Vet Honored 39 Years After Rescue Missions

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By Rebecca Blatt

A Vietnam Veteran from Woodbridge, Virginia will receive a Silver Star and a Distinguished Flying Cross today, 39 years after he risked his life to rescue a group of Vietnamese Marines.

The former Army lieutenant and helicopter pilot was wounded on two separate missions. The first was to resupply and rescue wounded Vietnamese Marines, under siege by the North Vietnamese Army. The second, three days later, allowed troops to recover downed helicopter crews.

Ronald Markiewicz piloted his chopper through anti-aircraft fire to complete both rescues, while suffering wounds of his own.

Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) will present the honors for gallantry in action and extraordinary achievement at a ceremony in Annandale, Virginia.

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