GI killed in Cambodia awarded Medal of Honor

President Barack Obama awards posthumously the Medal of Honor to Rose Mary Sabo-Brown, widow of Specialist Leslie H. Sabo, Jr., US Army, Wednesday, May 16, 2012, during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Sabo was killed in 1970 in Cambodia during the Vietnam War. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

May 16, 2012 1:31:19 PM PDT
President Barack Obama has awarded an Army soldier the Medal of Honor 42 years after the rifleman was killed during a Vietnam-era clash in Cambodia.

Obama presented the medal Wednesday to the widow of Spec. Leslie H. Sabo Jr. in the East Room. He said the young soldier gave his life to save comrades from a North Vietnamese ambush, and honoring Sabo helps pay tribute to a generation of vets who were too often shunned, not celebrated.

In 1970, Sabo's platoon was surrounded by the North Vietnamese near Se San in eastern Cambodia. Sabo is credited with grabbing an enemy grenade and tossing it away, then pulling the pin on his own grenade and attacking an enemy bunker even though he knew it would cost him his life.