Somehow the citation ended up lost in military bureaucracy and then forgotten until 1999, when a writer for the 101st Division association magazine came across Mr. Sabo’s records at the National Archives. Now, through his efforts and those of two members of Congress, the Army has again recommended that Mr. Sabo receive the medal.
“This brave soldier clearly distinguished himself through his courageous actions,” wrote Secretary of the Army John McHugh in a March letter to Rep. Jason Altmire, D-McCandless, who pushed for the medal. “The Army and our nation are forever grateful for his heroic service.” MORE FROM THIS SOURCE…
His actions drew fire away from his fellow soldiers and forced a retreat of enemy forces. A grenade later landed near where he was resupplying and he threw it away and shielded a wounded comrade with his body, saving his life. He crawled toward the enemy encampment, threw a grenade into the bunker, which ended the enemy fire but also killed Sabo. He was 22. MORE FROM THIS SOURCE..
At 1113H, YA458540 light contact was made with a unknown size force and negative results for B Company elements. The unit moved forward, aware that the enemy was in the area in strength.
From this posture air strikes and gunships were employed along with organic artillery support. By dark the company began to run dangerously short of ammunition, and the first platoon in a courageous assault broke through encircling NVA to bring reinforcements and resupply for their strategically engaged comrades.
“On 11 May D Company linked up with B Company at YA453540 and secured an LZ for extraction of Bravo to FSB Currahee. The unit had sustained 8 killed and 28 wounded while fighting off the massed attacks of two NVA companies.”
The eight men who died in the actions on 10 May were;
Lawrence N. De Boer, Grand Rapids, MI
James E. Debrew, Whitakers, NC
Frederick W. Harms, Peoria, IL
Thomas B. Merriman, Paulding, OH
Ernest L. Moore, Spring Lake, MI
Donald W. Smith, Rantoul, IL
Leslie J. Wilbanks, Gila Bend, AZ
According to eyewitness accounts, Sgt. Leslie H. Sabo jr. singlehandedly prevented two U.S. Army platoons, about 80 soldiers, from being surrounded by a numerically superior North Vietnamese force. Sgt. Leslie H. Sabo jr. also reportedly used his body to shield another soldier from a grenade blast and ultimately died while providing covering fire for a helicopter evacuating two injured soldiers.
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