- Associated Press - Sunday, May 25, 2014

CRESTVIEW, Fla. (AP) - One Vietnam veteran is receiving long-delayed recognition for his heroism in a 1968 battle.

Pat Watkins, 75, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in a special ceremony this week organized by the Army’s Florida Panhandle-based 7th Special Forces Group.

The Northwest Florida Daily News (https://bit.ly/1ttZPdX ) reported that Watkins, who lives in Salt Lake City, was recognized with the second-highest military honor for saving the lives of other soldiers during a deadly night attack in Da Nang. The attack killed 18 soldiers and wounded 30 including Watkins.

Watkins‘ commander requested he be recognized soon after the battle, but the mission was classified and the request got lost through the military bureaucracy. Years later, fellow soldiers and friends pushed for him to be recognized.

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Information from: Northwest Florida Daily News (Fort Walton Beach, Fla.), https://www.nwfdailynews.com

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