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  • Honoring Bronze Star Medal Recipient Specialist Bernard L. Rustad

    by Senator Steve Daines

    Posted on 2013-03-19

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    DAINES of montana in the house of representatives Tuesday, March 19, 2013 Mr. DAINES. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize and honor Specialist Bernard L. Rustad, who will be awarded with the Bronze Star Medal on April 5, 2013, for his bravery and selflessness while serving in Vietnam.

    Specialist Rustad served with the 1st Infantry Brigade, 5th Infantry Division during Combat Operation Lam Son 719. On April 6, 1971, Specialist Rustad's unit was providing security for the last withdrawing units from the Khe Sahn airstrip area, in the midst of heavy enemy fire. During this time, Specialist Rustad noticed that soldiers from the neighboring unit had been wounded and left unattended. With complete disregard for his own safety, Specialist Rustad ran to their assistance and saved the lives of these young men.

    Specialist Rustad's actions demonstrated true bravery--and also stand as an example to all of us as what true selflessness looks like.

    It is an honor to present Specialist Bernard L. Rustad with the Bronze Star Medal, and I thank him for his service and sacrifice.

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