[Click on the reference above for a more detailed explanation of the battle.]
This is the first time that two survivors have received the MoH since Sgt Leonard Keller and Sp4 Raymond Wright of the 60th Infantry, 9th Infantry Division, together assaulted and eliminated a series of Viet Cong bunkers in May 1967.
In an interview with the Military Times after the announcement, Carter said, "It wasn't just me; everyone pulled through. They all performed excellently, bravely. I really wish there was some way that I could share the prestige and the honor of this medal with them, not to mention the families of the fallen." Carter expressed deep regret to the mother of SPC Mace: "That was one of the harder parts, telling Mace's mother that I'm sorry I didn't get to him in time."
Update: The Army has published an official announcement.
Update: The ceremony was held on 26 August as planned, with the following official citation:
"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty: