Did you know this about the IW Knights of Columbus?
Memorial Day, or Decoration Day, is celebrated this year on Monday, May 28th. It is the federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in our country’s armed forces. Over the next several weeks we will concentrate on stories of those who served our country in the military.
“Retired U.S. Army Capt. Gary Michael “Mike” Rose, a member of the Knights of Columbus, was recently awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military accolade, for his bravery during the Vietnam War.
Born in Watertown, N.Y., Oct. 17, 1947, Rose grew up in the Los Angeles area before enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1967. As a Green Beret medic, he was exposed to machine gun fire while treating nearly 70 wounded soldiers during Operation Tailwind, a secret mission in Laos Sept. 11-14, 1970 (see sidebar). Operation Tailwind remained classified for decades, and few details of Rose’s actions were made public. As a result, when his name was submitted for the Medal of Honor in 1970, he was passed over. Instead, he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross in 1971. Rose continued his career in the Army, reaching the rank of Captain before retiring in 1987. He later worked as a technical consultant in the defense and automobile industries.
Today, he resides with his wife in Huntsville, Ala., where he is involved with a number of charitable organizations, including the Knights of Columbus. A past grand knight of Good Shepherd Council 11672 in Huntsville, Capt. Rose currently serves as faithful navigator of Father Jeremiah F .Trecy Assembly 0004 in Huntsville.
President Donald Trump bestowed the Medal of Honor on Capt. Rose at an Oct. 23, 2017, White House ceremony in the presence of Rose’s wife, Margaret, their three children and two grandchildren, as well nine prior Medal of Honor recipients. Rose is the fourth Knight of Columbus to be awarded the Medal of Honor, following Sgt. Maj. Daniel Daly (1873- 1937), who received the honor twice, and Rev. (Maj.) Charles J. Watters (1927-1967) and Maj. General Patrick Brady, 81, both for their service in Vietnam.”
Follow the link on www.IWKnights.com/bulletin or at facebook.com/IWknights 9981 and NOW on Twitter at twitter.com/IwKnights to read a fascinating Q&A article between Retired Captain Rose and a member of the Columbia staff.
Links Related to this week’s column:
- MEDAL OF HONOR MEDIC
By Columbia staff – May 1, 2018
- AN INTERVIEW WITH CAPT. GARY M. ROSE ABOUT HIS SERVICE IN THE VIETNAM WAR
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