We were honored to have Allen Lynch, a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor for his bravery during the Vietnam War, as our speaker today. Lynch exhibited valor above and beyond the call of duty during his service as a radio telephone operator in the 1st Cavalry Division, Company D, 1st Battalion. He was serving in a forward unit near the village of My An when his unit became attacked by a much larger enemy force.
Lynch provided his commander with accurate info about the attack and spotting three wounded comrades, dashed across 50 meters of open ground to administer aid. Killing two enemy soldiers, he cleared a trench and made repeat trips across fire to carry the wounded into it. When his unit was forced to withdraw, he stayed behind to defend the trench alone for two hours, holding off the enemy with rifle and a grenade. He again risked his life to move the wounded to a more secure spot, and locating a counterattacking company, helped direct their attack. You can read the full story of Lynch's bravery on the Congressional Medal of Honor Society web page.