President Barack Obama has presented the Medal of Honor to a Vietnam veteran. Retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Charles Kettles is credited with saving the lives of more than 40 soldiers during a fierce battle in 1967. A helicopter pilot, Kettles repeatedly flew in and out of the hot zone despite the fact that his chopper was taking hits from enemy fire.
Obama says the sacrifice of Kettles shows that there is compassion to make the country better. The President says he knows the past weeks of police shootings have been hurting the country, but Kettles’ heroics show there is good in Americans.
“It should be a creed for all of us,” Obama said at a White House ceremony. “This is a country that’s never finished in its mission to improve, to do better, to learn from our history, to work to form a more perfect union. And at a time when, let’s face it, we’ve had a couple of tough weeks, for us to remember that goodness and decency of the American people and the way we can all look out for each other, even when times are tough, even when the odds are against us, what a wonderful inspiration.”