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Surviving Medal Of Honor Recipent Honored

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Indiana’s only living Medal of Honor recipient says he hopes a new exhibit at the Indiana War Memorial celebrating his story will inspire future generations to acts of heroism. Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith reports:


Indiana native Sammy Davis received his Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military award, in 1967 after saving several fellow soldiers while being shot during a firefight in Vietnam. The Indiana War Memorial Tuesday dedicated a new exhibit to Davis, with Governor Mike Pence and former Governor Joe Kernan on hand for the ceremony. Pence says Davis sets an example for future generations:



In Sammy Davis, you find that humility and heroism go together, that it is possible to both be heroic and to be courageous and to be humble and to be selfless.”


Davis says his Medal of Honor is about more than just him:



My name’s on the back of it but I know that it does not belong to me. It belongs to all that served and who will serve and it belongs to those men that I was with that night.”


Davis often speaks to schoolchildren across the state and the country and he says he hopes the exhibit can help spread his story to an even wider audience. For Indiana Public Broadcasting, I’m Brandon Smith.



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