Sgt. Major George E. Elliott, a Black Vietnam War veteran, has finally been awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery and courage in the face of danger. After more than 50 years of waiting, Elliott was presented with the Medal of Honor in a ceremony at the White House by President Donald Trump on April 15th, 2020.
The Medal of Honor is the highest honor given to members of the military for their exceptional bravery in the face of enemy fire. Elliott’s story of heroism began on October 15th, 1967, when he led a group of soldiers on a reconnaissance mission in the Vietnam jungle. Under heavy fire, Elliott voluntarily put himself in harm’s way to provide cover for his comrades. While leading the mission, he was wounded multiple times, yet still managed to single-handedly capture two enemy combatants.
For his bravery, Elliott was initially awarded the Silver Star, but many believed that he deserved the Medal of Honor. After a decades-long effort by his family, friends, and fellow veterans, Elliott was finally recognized with the Medal of Honor. At the ceremony, President Trump praised Elliott for his courage, saying “Even in the face of grave danger, George refused to back down—his bravery is a testament to the strength and courage of all Vietnam veterans.”
Elliott’s story is an inspiring reminder of the courage and determination of all veterans, and the importance of recognizing their sacrifices. His award has also helped to draw attention to the fact that many Black soldiers have been denied the recognition they deserve for their bravery in combat.
After the ceremony, Elliott expressed his gratitude for being awarded the Medal of Honor, saying, “This is an honor that I never expected to receive. I’m humbled by the recognition and I’m thankful for all of the people who worked so hard to make this possible.”
Sgt. Major George E. Elliott’s story is a reminder of the courage and determination of all veterans, and the importance of recognizing their sacrifices. He has finally been awarded the Medal of Honor for his extraordinary bravery in the face of danger, and his story will continue to inspire future generations of veterans.