Honoring a hero at the White House 43 years late
President Obama applauds members of Specialist Sabo's Company B, 3d Battalion, 506th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division who attended Wednesday's Medal of Honor ceremony. (photo credit: Lesa Jansen, CNN)
May 16th, 2012
05:25 PM ET

Honoring a hero at the White House 43 years late

President Obama presented the Medal of Honor posthumously to Army Specialist Leslie H. Sabo, Jr. for "conspicuous gallantry" at a ceremony Wednesday at the White House.  Sabo was killed trying to save his fellow soldiers in Cambodia in 1970 during the Vietnam War.

President Obama spoke of the nation's gratitude to all of its soldiers.

"This gathering of soldiers, past and present, could not be more timely. As a nation, we've ended the war in Iraq. We are moving towards an end to the war in Afghanistan. After a decade of war, our troops are coming home. And this month, we’ll begin to mark the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War, a time when, to our shame, our veterans did not always receive the respect and the thanks they deserved - a mistake that must never be repeated."

Specialist Sabo's honor comes 43 years after his heroic act.  (Read Specialist Sabo's story on CNN Security Clearance)