A little over two years ago I was invited to spend some time visiting with a group of America’s finest.. Medal of Honor recipients. One of those men was David H McNerney
This is his story
David H McNerney was serving his third tour in Vietnam on 22 Mar 1967. While looking for a missing reconnaissance unit near Polei Doc, Vietnam, his unit came under heavy fire from a numerically-superior North Vietnamese Army. His officers were killed, so McNerney took command, calling in artillery withing 65 feet of his own men. The fighting was so intense that McNerney climbed a tree in full view of the enemy in order to identify their location to friendly aircraft. When helicopters were needed to evacuate the wounded, McNerney moved through a fusillade of fire to obtain demolition charges from abandoned rucksacks outside the perimeter.
McNerney would later volunteer for another tour – his fourth. (source)
Tonight I found out he has passed away. I will never forget meeting this hero. Be blessed Sir. It was certainly a true honor to know you.