Former N.Y. Lawmaker Gets Medal for Vietnam Heroics

BATAVIA, N.Y. (AP) -

A former state lawmaker from western New York has been awarded a medal for helping save a wounded U.S. Special Forces soldier during a rescue operation in Vietnam 45 years ago.

The Daily News of Batavia reports that former Assemblyman Charles Nesbitt of Albion received the Distinguished Flying Cross during his Army helicopter unit’s reunion over the weekend in Batavia.

Nesbitt piloted a helicopter that took part in the rescue of a Special Forces commando whose chopper had been shot down during a secret mission in November 1968. His co-pilot had originally submitted Nesbitt for a higher medal after the war, but didn’t learn until 1999 that no award had been issued.

The paperwork was resubmitted, and Nesbitt learned earlier this month that he had been approved for the Distinguished Flying Cross.