Mostly Cajun tells us that on this date in history,
1965 – The 173rd Airborne is ambushed by over 1,200 Viet Cong in Operation Hump during the Vietnam War. Forty-eight Americans, two Australians and over 400 VC die. Severely wounded, and risking his own life, Lawrence Joel, a medic, was the first living black man since the Spanish American war to receive the United States Medal of Honor, for saving so many lives in the midst of battle that day. “Brave” doesn’t come in colors.