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Vietnam veteran gets Silver Star in Puerto Rico
Associated Press
2010-11-12 01:41 AM
A Puerto Rican veteran of the Vietnam War has been awarded the Silver Star for helping to rescue a company pinned down by enemy fire in 1965.

Angel L. Cumba served as a gunner with the 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division. He received the military's third-highest decoration Thursday during a Veteran's Day ceremony in the U.S. territory.

Army records say Cumba flew without body armor through withering enemy fire in the Ia Drang Valley, taking ammunition in and wounded Americans out of one of the fiercest battles of the war.

An Army statement says Cumba displayed "total disregard for his own safety and concern for his comrades."

It was not immediately clear why it took 45 years to honor Cumba.

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