Medals for Vietnam War Heroes Inspired by “Houdini of the Mob”

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With Bronzer Star Medals awarded for non-combat service, Raymond A. Ramirez publishes memoir asking recognition of Vietnam war heroes at the siege of Khe Sanh

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This year, two female airmen of the U.S. Air Force received Bronze Star Medals for meritorious non-combat service. With his newly published memoir—inspired by his fugitive father—My Dad the Runner, war veteran Raymond A. Ramirez humbly appeals to government officials to similarly recognize the combat service of Vietnam War heroes who fought at the siege of Khe Sanh.

“I believe everyone who fought during the siege of Khe Sanh should get a Bronze Star because they are all heroes,” Ramirez says. “Could some congressperson make that happen during an upcoming Veterans day ceremony?”

Ramirez clearly believes that these brave men need to be recognized. Hence, he wrote his book to honor those men who gallantly fought during the 77-day siege of Khe Sanh that started in January 1968, where 5,000 marines and a thousand South Vietnamese army regulars stood fast and held their ground upon President Johnson’s request.

“We give special tribute to the men from Bravo company 1st platoon 1/26 marines who assaulted the trench in front of our perimeter; nobody came back alive. Our lieutenant forward observer and his radio operator did not make it out alive either,” he sadly recalls. “I also want to give special tribute to the 42 marines on the C-123 that was shot down coming back to Khe Sanh and crash-landed on the side of a nearby hill.”

Ramirez retells such valiant stories, as well as his experiences before and after the war, in striking details. Families, loved ones, and all citizens interested in honoring the memories of their heroes will greatly appreciate his work, My Dad the Runner.

This book will be featured at the 2012 Frankfurt Book Fair in Frankfurt, Germany, on October 10-14, 2012.

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My Dad the Runner * by Raymond A. Ramirez
Publication Date: March 27, 2012
Trade Paperback; $15.99; 63 pages; 978-1-4691-7131-9
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