- Associated Press - Friday, March 25, 2016

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Dozens of old soldiers are remembering the first member of the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division to receive the military’s highest honor.

The Fayetteville Observer reported (bit.ly/1RrWGbj) about 50 Vietnam veterans gathered Friday at the Airborne & Special Operations Museum near Fort Bragg to remember Staff Sgt. Felix Conde-Falcon. He won the Medal of Honor for his unwavering attack on an enemy position in 1969 before dying on the battlefield.

Les Hays served with Conde-Falcon in Vietnam. Hays says the Puerto Rico native was a joker who was fierce in a fight.

Conde-Falcon died while leading his platoon after stumbling onto an enemy command post in a heavily wooded area. He was first honored with a Distinguished Service Cross, which was upgraded to the Medal of Honor In 2014.


Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, https://www.fayobserver.com

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