by TODD LOPEZ October 7, 2017
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — “Do you know how you can tell the veterans from the new guys?” asked Mike Rose, relaying advice given to him decades ago by his father.
“The new guys are kind of looking around, seeing what’s going on,” Rose said. “The veterans are over there shaking and can hardly keep hold of their rifle because they have been there before and know what’s about to happen.”
Rose, who will receive the Medal of Honor, Oct. 23, for his actions as a combat medic in Laos, Sept. 11-14, 1970, discussed his first flight into combat aboard a military helicopter. That happened in June 1970, three months before the mission that would earn him the nation’s highest award for military valor.
“On my first ride I was somewhat like that,” Rose said. “You’re looking at the terrain, you’re looking around like you’re on one of those helicopter rides as a tourist in Hawaii. But it wasn’t Hawaii. And then you hit the ground, and that’s when the fun starts. What my father said proved to