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Yvette Benavidez Garcia and Rene Garcia

In 1981 Army Master Sergeant Roy P. Benavidez, a Green Beret, received the Medal of Honor for his service during the Vietnam War.

GarciaYNPR_Extra1On his first tour there, he was severely injured by a land mine and told that he’d never walk again. After a year of rehabilitation, he walked out of the hospital and eventually returned to Vietnam for a second tour.

That’s when he spearheaded a daring rescue, saving the lives of eight fellow soldiers. In the process his jaw was broken and he was shot 37 times.

At StoryCorps, his daughter Yvette Benavidez Garcia and her husband, Rene, remember the aftermath of the battle.

Roy P. Benavidez died in 1998.

Click here to watch President Ronald Reagan present Roy P. Benavidez with the Medal of Honor in 1981.

Originally aired July 3, 2015, on NPR’s Morning Edition.

Photo courtesy of the Benavidez family.