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    Cobra Pilot Who Lifted Troops to Safety in Vietnam Is Awarded Medal of Honor at White House Ceremony

    Cobra Pilot Who Lifted Troops to Safety in Vietnam Is Awarded Medal of Honor at White House Ceremony

    President Joe Biden awarded the Medal of Honor on Tuesday to Capt. Larry Taylor, a War pilot who flew his attack helicopter into heavy enemy gunfire until he ran out of ammunition, then led a daring rescue of a small team of soldiers who had been left for dead.

    It was June 18, 1968. A four-man, long-range reconnaissance patrol team was surrounded and about to be overrun by more than 100 Vietnamese enemy fighters.

    Taylor, flying one of two AH-1G Cobra helicopters, reached the battlefield just northeast of Saigon. He slammed the advancing enemy with rockets and minigun fire for nearly an hour, trying to buy time for a rescue helicopter to arrive. But that rescue mission was called off when leaders determined the four-man team on the ground were certain to die and that rescue craft would be shot down.

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    Taylor's aircraft was so heavily damaged that it was at a huge risk of losing function, and he was ordered to retreat back to .

    But he refused the order.

    Taylor, piloting his two-man attack helicopter, initiated his own unconventional and dangerous rescue attempt.

    “It's incredible. How he refused to give up, refused to leave a fellow American behind. … When duty called, Larry did everything to answer,” Biden said at the White House award ceremony.

    Taylor was at the White House ceremony on Tuesday,…

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